"This is the first 'critical' report of China's efforts on tobacco control from within China itself," said Judith Mackay, a World Lung Foundation senior policy adviser who reviewed the report and wrote a preface. "This speaks volumes of the strengthening of the health groups in China in countering the powerful Chinese national tobacco monopoly."
"China stands on its own in the magnitude of the problem," said Dr. Judith Mackay, the senior adviser at the World Lung Foundation. "This isn't a health problem. It's a huge economic problem. There's all these things ranging from medical and health care costs, the costs to the families and there's the cost of secondhand smoke."