Monday, June 13, 2005
Chinese Tobacco Authority Dispels Smoking Myths
This image was originally posted at www.boyacks.com
Saturday's Globe and Mail ran an article by Geoffrey York called, In China, cigarettes are a kind of miracle drug. It describes how in the largest market of smokers on the planet, 90% of them believe that smoking is either harmless or beneficial to their health. It's humourous in the same way that automobile accidents and fires sometimes are. You really have to read it for yourself but here are a couple of the highlights.
- Here's some exciting medical news from the Chinese government: Smoking is great for your health.
- And all those warnings about lung cancer? Nonsense.
- You're more likely to get cancer from cooking smoke than from your cigarette habit.
- "Quitting smoking would bring you misery, shortening your life."
- Even in China's medical community, 60 per cent of male doctors are smokers. Few are aware of the studies forecasting that cigarettes will soon be responsible for one-third of all premature deaths among Chinese men.
- While China has proclaimed that the 2008 Beijing Olympics will be a smoke-free Olympics, it has done little to discourage smoking.
- "Once I stopped smoking for a month or two. But my friends persuaded me to smoke again."
In Taiwan, however, the smoking situation is getting much more western in its outlook; people hardly ever smoke in elevators or bring babies into smoky bars anymore. Well, not as much.