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29 October 2014
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BBC works with Radio Tianjin to debate Chinese smoking

The BBC's Chinese Service and the BBC World Service Trust are teaming up with Radio Tianjin to tackle one of the Chinese community's major health issues - smoking.

A live webcast debate broadcast on on Tuesday 21 May will explore the widespread use of tobacco, plus health and sport, with leading health experts, scientists and politicians.

China is the world's largest market for tobacco products with 400 million smokers. Scientists predict that one third of all young men in China are likely to die from smoking related diseases, while three million people will die each year as a result of smoking by 2050.

The discussion is webcast on from 0800 hours GMT. Technical support will be provided by in Tianjin and the event includes excerpts from an interview with Dr Bruntland, General Secretary of the World Health Organisation, and an interview with Mr Zhang Wenkang, Chinese Minister of Health.

An audience of 200 will be attending the event in Tianjin, including cigarette producers, health professionals, media specialists and academics. Hundreds of thousands are expected to follow the webcast and contribute to the debate on line.

Listeners, too, will be able to follow the debate on the BBC on Friday 31 May. The World Health Organisation has designated 31 May as No Tobacco Day and to mark the event the BBC Chinese Service will broadcast the interview with Dr Bruntland in full. The following day, Saturday 1 June, the BBC Chinese Service will broadcast a 55 minute recording of the debate from Tianjin.

Notes to Editors

· The BBC World Service Trust is the development and education arm of BBC World Service. A charitable organisation, it is committed to highlighting issues and organising projects which bring benefit to populations across the world.

The live webcast is the first time the BBC Chinese Service has worked with a Chinese broadcaster to bring a live debate from China. To follow the discussion and contribute online visit the website at 0800 hours GMT:



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