by Wei Zheng, Dale F. McLerran, Betsy A. Rolland et al.
PLoS Med 11(4): e1001631. (22 April 2014)
Less well-developed tobacco control programs, inadequate public awareness of smoking risks, and tobacco company marketing have recently led to sharp increases in the prevalence of smoking in many low- and middle-income countries, particularly in Asia. More than 50% of men in many Asian countries are now smokers, about twice the prevalence in many Western countries, and more women in some Asian countries are smoking than previously. More than half of the world’s billion smokers now live in Asia. However, little is known about the burden of tobacco-related mortality (deaths) in this region.