Smoking prevalence is highest among farmers (30.6%) and commerce industry workers (30.6%) and lowest among teachers (9.8%) and doctors (14.2%).
Health and Economic Burden From Tobacco Use
In 2019, 64.1 million disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), and 2.7 million deaths could be attributable to tobacco in China.
Tobacco is the number one risk factor for the leading causes of deaths and disabilities in China, such as stroke, ischemic heart disease, chronic respiratory disease and lung cancer.
The direct cost of treating tobacco-related illness causes a substantial economic burden, totaling an estimated USD 9 billion in 2014, accounting for 1.5% of the total national health expenditure. The overall economic burden from tobacco use in 2014 is estimated at USD 57 billion.
China signed and ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in 2006.
Since then, China has released and amended a series of national laws and policies on tobacco control, including cadre smoking ban, restrictions on smoking in public places and bans on tobacco advertising to meet its obligations under Article 8 of the FCTC.