“Tobacco Control and Environment Improvement in China”
Xia Wan, Associate Professor, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences; School of Basic Medicine, Peking Union Medical College
Abstract: In the last 20 years, China has experienced a significant epidemiologic transition from predominantly infectious to predominantly chronic diseases. In 2010, the leading causes of deaths and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in China were cardiovascular diseases (stroke, ischemic heart disease), and cancers (lung, liver). Dietary risk factors, high blood pressure, tobacco exposure, ambient and household air pollution are the risk factors that constituted the largest number of attributable DALYs in China in 2010. In the seminar, Dr. Xia will focus on tobacco control and environmental improvement in China, specifically: 1) Progress on and barriers to tobacco control in China; 2) The current status of environmental pollution in China and its health effects; 3) A case study on the relationship between water pollution along the Huai River area and tumor occurrence; 4) How the Chinese government is responding to the public health challenges from environmental pollution.
Co-hosted by the Department of Environmental Health and Department of Biostatistics, Harvard T. C. Chan School of Public Health