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Death of 3.5 Million Chinese Is Dismal Economics: William Pesek

Anyone who thinks smoking isn’t government’s business should consider one number: 3.5 million.

That’s how many people in the second-biggest economy will die each year from tobacco use by 2030, according to a report by prominent Chinese health experts and economists. More than lives will go up in smoke. So will productivity, public money and growth.