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China's big smoking habit

<p>A man lights a cigarette in front of murals featuring the Cultural Revolution at a flea market in Hefei, central China's Anhui province May 16, 2006. REUTERS/Jianan Yu</p>

A man lights a cigarette in front of murals featuring the Cultural Revolution at a flea market in Hefei, central China's Anhui province May 16, 2006. REUTERS/Jianan Yu

A man lights a cigarette in front of murals featuring the Cultural Revolution at a flea market in Hefei, central China's Anhui province May 16, 2006. REUTERS/Jianan Yu

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<p>A vendor yawns while waiting for customers at his stall at a vegetable market in Changzhi, Shanxi province September 23, 2008.   REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A vendor yawns while waiting for customers at his stall at a vegetable market in Changzhi, Shanxi province September 23, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

A vendor yawns while waiting for customers at his stall at a vegetable market in Changzhi, Shanxi province September 23, 2008. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A man smokes a cigarette next a couple in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on Valentine's Day February 14, 2004.  REUTERS/China Photo  </p>

A man smokes a cigarette next a couple in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on Valentine's Day February 14, 2004. REUTERS/China Photo

A man smokes a cigarette next a couple in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, on Valentine's Day February 14, 2004. REUTERS/China Photo

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<p>A local resident smokes his pipe at a traditional tea house in Peng village of Shuangliu County, southwest China's Sichuan province May 25, 2007. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause </p>

A local resident smokes his pipe at a traditional tea house in Peng village of Shuangliu County, southwest China's Sichuan province May 25, 2007. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

A local resident smokes his pipe at a traditional tea house in Peng village of Shuangliu County, southwest China's Sichuan province May 25, 2007. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Pupils break cigarettes as a gesture showing their determinations of non-smoking at an elementary school of Jinan, the capital eastern China's Shandong province May 29, 2006. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Pupils break cigarettes as a gesture showing their determinations of non-smoking at an elementary school of Jinan, the capital eastern China's Shandong province May 29, 2006. REUTERS/Stringer

Pupils break cigarettes as a gesture showing their determinations of non-smoking at an elementary school of Jinan, the capital eastern China's Shandong province May 29, 2006. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>An ethnic Tibetan boy smokes a cigarette, which he had asked from the man next to him, at Sangke grassland in Xiahe, western China's Gansu province, August 13, 2006.  REUTERS/Jason Lee    </p>

An ethnic Tibetan boy smokes a cigarette, which he had asked from the man next to him, at Sangke grassland in Xiahe, western China's Gansu province, August 13, 2006. REUTERS/Jason Lee

An ethnic Tibetan boy smokes a cigarette, which he had asked from the man next to him, at Sangke grassland in Xiahe, western China's Gansu province, August 13, 2006. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>Parents visit their sick child in a hospital in the rural village of Chao Jiang in southwest China's Yunnan province February 28, 2007. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Parents visit their sick child in a hospital in the rural village of Chao Jiang in southwest China's Yunnan province February 28, 2007. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Parents visit their sick child in a hospital in the rural village of Chao Jiang in southwest China's Yunnan province February 28, 2007. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A miner smokes a cigarette during a break at the Gongxigou coal mine on the outskirts of Baokang, Hubei province, December 4, 2007.  REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A miner smokes a cigarette during a break at the Gongxigou coal mine on the outskirts of Baokang, Hubei province, December 4, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

A miner smokes a cigarette during a break at the Gongxigou coal mine on the outskirts of Baokang, Hubei province, December 4, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A farmer walks in a tobacco leaves field on the outskirts of Changzhi, north China's Shanxi province, August 29, 2007.   REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A farmer walks in a tobacco leaves field on the outskirts of Changzhi, north China's Shanxi province, August 29, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

A farmer walks in a tobacco leaves field on the outskirts of Changzhi, north China's Shanxi province, August 29, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A Chinese worker packs cigarettes at a cigarette factory in Huaiyin, in east China's Jiangsu province, January 14, 2005. REUTERS/China Daily</p>

A Chinese worker packs cigarettes at a cigarette factory in Huaiyin, in east China's Jiangsu province, January 14, 2005. REUTERS/China Daily

A Chinese worker packs cigarettes at a cigarette factory in Huaiyin, in east China's Jiangsu province, January 14, 2005. REUTERS/China Daily

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<p>A Chinese cigarette vendor waits for customers at a street corner in Beijing August 29, 2005. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV</p>

A Chinese cigarette vendor waits for customers at a street corner in Beijing August 29, 2005. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV

A Chinese cigarette vendor waits for customers at a street corner in Beijing August 29, 2005. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV

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<p>Chinese men try to tell the difference in the packaging of genuine and counterfeit cigarettes at a Consumer Rights Protection Day event in Guangzhou, southern China, March 14, 2004.  REUTERS/China Photos  </p>

Chinese men try to tell the difference in the packaging of genuine and counterfeit cigarettes at a Consumer Rights Protection Day event in Guangzhou, southern China, March 14, 2004. REUTERS/China Photos

Chinese men try to tell the difference in the packaging of genuine and counterfeit cigarettes at a Consumer Rights Protection Day event in Guangzhou, southern China, March 14, 2004. REUTERS/China Photos

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<p>An elderly Chinese smokes a cigarette at a temple in Beijing on 'World No Tobacco Day' May 31, 2006.   REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV</p>

An elderly Chinese smokes a cigarette at a temple in Beijing on 'World No Tobacco Day' May 31, 2006. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV

An elderly Chinese smokes a cigarette at a temple in Beijing on 'World No Tobacco Day' May 31, 2006. REUTERS/Claro Cortes IV

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<p>A performer smokes a cigarette during a show to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at a temple fair in Beijing January 24, 2009.  REUTERS/Christina Hu </p>

A performer smokes a cigarette during a show to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at a temple fair in Beijing January 24, 2009. REUTERS/Christina Hu

A performer smokes a cigarette during a show to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at a temple fair in Beijing January 24, 2009. REUTERS/Christina Hu

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<p>A 26-year-old female chimpanzee named Aiai smokes at Qinling Zoo in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi province, August 23, 2005. The chimpanzee began smoking in 1989 after her first mate died.  Zoo authorities announced they planned to help her stop smoking through several measures, such as finding a male chimpanzee for her.  REUTERS/China Newsphoto </p>

A 26-year-old female chimpanzee named Aiai smokes at Qinling Zoo in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi province, August 23, 2005. The chimpanzee began smoking in 1989 after her first mate died. Zoo authorities announced they planned to help...more

A 26-year-old female chimpanzee named Aiai smokes at Qinling Zoo in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi province, August 23, 2005. The chimpanzee began smoking in 1989 after her first mate died. Zoo authorities announced they planned to help her stop smoking through several measures, such as finding a male chimpanzee for her. REUTERS/China Newsphoto

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<p>A man and woman smoke outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong October 29, 2004.  REUTERS/Kin Cheung</p>

A man and woman smoke outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong October 29, 2004. REUTERS/Kin Cheung

A man and woman smoke outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong October 29, 2004. REUTERS/Kin Cheung

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<p>Cigarette butts fill an ashtray outside a construction site in Central, a business district in Hong Kong, October 18, 2006.  REUTERS/Paul Yeung  </p>

Cigarette butts fill an ashtray outside a construction site in Central, a business district in Hong Kong, October 18, 2006. REUTERS/Paul Yeung

Cigarette butts fill an ashtray outside a construction site in Central, a business district in Hong Kong, October 18, 2006. REUTERS/Paul Yeung

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<p>A worshipper rests during the "Dajiao" Taoist festival in Fengjiashan village, Shaanxi province December 26, 2008.  REUTERS/Reinhard Krause    </p>

A worshipper rests during the "Dajiao" Taoist festival in Fengjiashan village, Shaanxi province December 26, 2008. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

A worshipper rests during the "Dajiao" Taoist festival in Fengjiashan village, Shaanxi province December 26, 2008. REUTERS/Reinhard Krause

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<p>Zhang Yue (R) grabs a cigarette from a smoker on a busy street in Beijing April 7, 2004. Zhang, 44, a volunteer anti-smoking crusader in China, has started to forcibly take cigarettes away from smokers since 2001 after his younger sister died of cancer, which he believed was caused by second-hand smoking. REUTERS/Guang Niu  </p>

Zhang Yue (R) grabs a cigarette from a smoker on a busy street in Beijing April 7, 2004. Zhang, 44, a volunteer anti-smoking crusader in China, has started to forcibly take cigarettes away from smokers since 2001 after his younger sister died of...more

Zhang Yue (R) grabs a cigarette from a smoker on a busy street in Beijing April 7, 2004. Zhang, 44, a volunteer anti-smoking crusader in China, has started to forcibly take cigarettes away from smokers since 2001 after his younger sister died of cancer, which he believed was caused by second-hand smoking. REUTERS/Guang Niu

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<p>A smoker (C) tries to get back his cigarette after it was grabbed by Zhang Yue (R) on a busy street in Beijing April 7, 2004.  REUTERS/Guang Niu  </p>

A smoker (C) tries to get back his cigarette after it was grabbed by Zhang Yue (R) on a busy street in Beijing April 7, 2004. REUTERS/Guang Niu

A smoker (C) tries to get back his cigarette after it was grabbed by Zhang Yue (R) on a busy street in Beijing April 7, 2004. REUTERS/Guang Niu

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<p>No smoking sign are displayed at a shopping mall as smoking has been banned in shopping centres, cinemas, supermarkets and banks since 1998 in Hong Kong in this picture taken October 23, 2004. REUTERS/Kin Cheung</p>

No smoking sign are displayed at a shopping mall as smoking has been banned in shopping centres, cinemas, supermarkets and banks since 1998 in Hong Kong in this picture taken October 23, 2004. REUTERS/Kin Cheung

No smoking sign are displayed at a shopping mall as smoking has been banned in shopping centres, cinemas, supermarkets and banks since 1998 in Hong Kong in this picture taken October 23, 2004. REUTERS/Kin Cheung

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<p>A person receives laser treatment to help him stop smoking at a healing centre in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province in this October 24, 2006 picture. REUTERS/China Daily </p>

A person receives laser treatment to help him stop smoking at a healing centre in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province in this October 24, 2006 picture. REUTERS/China Daily

A person receives laser treatment to help him stop smoking at a healing centre in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province in this October 24, 2006 picture. REUTERS/China Daily

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<p>A coal miner smokes after finishing his shift at a coal mine on the outskirts of Changzhi, north China's Shanxi province November 7, 2007.  REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A coal miner smokes after finishing his shift at a coal mine on the outskirts of Changzhi, north China's Shanxi province November 7, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

A coal miner smokes after finishing his shift at a coal mine on the outskirts of Changzhi, north China's Shanxi province November 7, 2007. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A man smokes his cigarette as he walks past a new art display of a glass container with 10,000 cigarettes in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian province May 30, 2007, ahead of the World No Tobacco Day. REUTERS/China Daily </p>

A man smokes his cigarette as he walks past a new art display of a glass container with 10,000 cigarettes in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian province May 30, 2007, ahead of the World No Tobacco Day. REUTERS/China Daily

A man smokes his cigarette as he walks past a new art display of a glass container with 10,000 cigarettes in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian province May 30, 2007, ahead of the World No Tobacco Day. REUTERS/China Daily

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