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British Medical Journal: Smoking and death: the past 40 years and the next 40

British Medical Journal: Smoking and death: the past 40 years and the next 40

This article discusses the current statistics of deaths caused by smoking and projections for the future. Smoking already kills about two million people a year in developed countries. This number is still increasing as the death rate among women increases and populations grow larger and older. Already smoking accounts for one sixth of the 11 million adult deaths each year in these populations. There are 1.2 billion people living in developed countries. If one sixth of their deaths continue to be caused by tobacco about 200 million of the adults and children now living in developed countries will eventually be killed by tobacco, and about 100 million of these will die while still in middle age. The full article is available through memberhsip with BMJ, which is free.
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