Lost Decade from Smoking

A recent study (NEJM 2015; 372; 631-40) showed that smoking is more deadly than previously estimated.  Key points:

  • Deaths per year due to smoking: a new analysis suggests the true figure may be closer to 575,000.  That equates to 1 death in every 5 in the United States.
  • Smoking is thought to shorten life expectancy by more than one decade!
  • The 21 causes of death that have been officially blamed on smoking accounted for only 83% of the actual deaths among smokers

Here’s a link to a summary of the article:  Cigarette Smoking is Even More Deadly Than You Thought (from LA Times)

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