Smokers out in the open outside the Immigration Tower in Wanchai on 20 January 2011. Photo: SCMP
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Inside Out by David Dodwell

Tobacco should be long gone if anyone truly cared about China’s public health, instead of letting it raise funds in an IPO

  • China’s tobacco virtual monopoly employs an estimated 17 million people, contributing to 11 per cent of the country’s tax revenue in 2016
  • One in three of the world’s 1 billion smokers are in China, where lung cancer claims 2 million lives every year

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Smokers out in the open outside the Immigration Tower in Wanchai on 20 January 2011. Photo: SCMP
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.