As China resorts to shock tactics in anti-smoking campaign, scientists film mouse being poisoned by cigarette

Scienists publicly poison mouse to show dangers of cigarette smoking

Both animals are put into glass containers where they are filmed running about.

But it soon becomes clear the toxic ‘smoke water’ has had a frightening effect on one of the mice as it begins scrabbling about in one position.

The disturbing footage shows how it appears to struggle and its legs begin to stop working.

After five minutes, its legs stretch out and stop completely and it appears to be incapacitated although it is unclear whether or not it has died.

According to data analysts , a massive 49% of all men in China smoke.

There are understood to be 350 million smokers in the country – more than five times the population of the UK.

And China produces more than 40% of the world’s cigarettes.