Smokers face a higher chance of living in poverty, according to a study by Beijing Normal University (BNU).
The rate of family poverty among smokers is 23.61 percent, nearly double the figure of 13.81 percent among non-smokers, according to the study conducted by BNU’s School of Social Development and Public Policy.
The study sampled 4,749 people above the age of 40 from 2,409 families in underdeveloped areas in eight provinces — Hebei, Heilongjiang, Shandong, Henan, Hubei, Sichuan, Guizhou and Shaanxi.
“We conducted the study to find whether smoking causes diseases that lead to heavier financial burdens,” said professor Jin Chenggang, who led the study.
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