Smoking to kill 200 million in China this century: WHO

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Updated 14 April 2017
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Smoking to kill 200 million in China this century: WHO

BEIJING: Smoking-related diseases will claim 200 million lives in China this century and plunge tens of millions into poverty, a report said Friday.
China is the world’s largest consumer and producer of tobacco, and the industry provides the government with colossal sums.
In 2015, it recorded 1.1 trillion yuan ($160 billion) in profits, up 20 percent year-on-year.
But a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said Friday that the Asian giant will suffer an economic toll if it does not urgently reduce its smoking population.
The paper — called “The Bill China Cannot Afford” — estimated that the total annual economic cost of tobacco use in the country in 2014 was 350 billion yuan, up tenfold from 2000.
“If nothing is done to reduce [the death rate] and introduce more progressive policies, the consequences could be devastating not just for the health of people across the country, but also for China’s economy as a whole,” WHO China representative Bernhard Schwartlander said in a statement.
The calculation includes both the direct costs of treating tobacco-related illness and the indirect costs such as lost work productivity.
“The rapid increase in costs associated with tobacco use in China is unsustainable,” Schwartlander added.
Twenty-eight percent of all adults and 50 percent of men in China are estimated to smoke regularly.
Rural-to-urban migrants are more likely to be smokers, the report said, adding that they risk descending into poverty when smoking-related medical costs become too great — a reality at odds with the government goal of eradicating poverty nationwide by 2020.
The organizations recommended a smoke-free policy across the country akin to laws in Beijing and Shanghai, where smoking is banned in most public places.
However, enforcing anti-smoking measures can be difficult in China as the state-owned China National Tobacco Corp, which enjoys a near-monopoly, shares offices and senior officials with the national tobacco regulator.
The report also urged further raising tobacco taxes to make smoking less affordable. While retail tobacco prices increased following a taxation hike in 2015, the average price of a cigarette pack remains just ten yuan.
A 50 percent increase in the retail price of cigarettes would prevent 20 million premature deaths over 50 years, the report said.


Where We Are Going Today: Moonshell

Updated 20 October 2018
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Where We Are Going Today: Moonshell

The healthy-eating community on Instagram can affect us in many ways. Barely a day goes by without coming across a post showcasing another vegan, low-calorie food that sparks a momentary desire to quit all that junk food, because of how beautiful they make it look.
The smoothie bowl trend emerged about two years ago and has been popular on Instagram since then. Basically, you make a smoothie that is so thick in consistency that you cannot drink it through a straw, so you eat it from a bowl instead.
Moon Shell in Jeddah is a restaurant that specializes in these bowls, which are good for your health — and can make your timeline look great, too. Its smoothies are served in coconut shells and topped with your choice of fruit, nuts, seeds and chocolate.
Moon Shell also offers savory foods, including rice rolls, and a range of beverages, including coffee and matcha tea. Everything on the menu is vegan friendly. Moon Shell is the perfect place for those looking to treat themselves to truly good and nutritious food, rather than just food that tastes good but might not be the best for you. All the fruity deliciousness can be found in Rawdah district, in front of Ruf store.