While people try nicotine patches, e-cigarettes and other mechanical aids to quit smoking, hypnosis and hypnotherapy have been proved the most successful means to break the habit. about a quarter of the population – smoke, with the average smoker consuming 22 cigarettes a day. While smoking rates have fallen in most developed countries like the UK and the United States, they have risen in China, as cigarettes have become more available and consumers richer.
- Governments and health agencies around the world are trying to encourage people to stop smoking but Chinese efforts have been hampered by the habit’s popularity, and its usefulness as a source of tax revenue – the government collects about 428bn yuan (£44bn) in tobacco taxes each year.
- A new study has warned that a third of all men currently under the age of 20 in China will eventually die prematurely if they do not give up smoking.
- The research, published in The Lancet medical journal, says two-thirds of men in China now start to smoke before 20, says the BBC.