Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Chinese Culture and Cigarette Smoking: Why Is Smoking So Prevalent in China?

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Chinese Culture and Cigarette Smoking: Why Is Smoking So Prevalent in China?

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About one fifth of the Chinese population smokes, and two thirds of Chinese men become daily smokers before reaching 25 years of age. If current rates of new smokers persist in China, tobacco will kill one third of all Chinese men now under the age of 30 years (about 100 million) before they reach 70 years of age. Due to China's large population, the actual number of people affected by cigarette smoking is far more significant than that in other countries. To develop effective tobacco control programs in China, it is necessary to examine why such a large number of Chinese smoke. This exploratory study examined the influence of Chinese cultural traditions and society on Chinese smoking behaviors. During a recent 3-week study abroad program, face-to-face interviews were conducted among 12 college students from four different universities in China. Each interview lasted for about 1 hr with open-ended questions exploring reasons contributing to Chinese smoking behaviors. Notes taken during the interviews were compiled and analyzed to identify the underlining causes of smoking behaviors. It was found that Chinese society and cultural traditions have played a significant role in Chinese smoking behaviors. Results revealed the mentality behind why Chinese people integrate smoking into social norms and pressures. …

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