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Death by Smoking: Still shockingly high in the USA

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Smoking in public has declined dramatically since social acceptance changed, and gradually state laws followed in the 1990s and 2000s. The overall smoking rate in the United States is only half what it was in 1950. 

Time to declare victory and move on to other issues? ...maybe not.  Tobacco is still killing Americans in shockingly high numbers.  

The World Health Organization of the United Nations has just released a report analyzing the effect of tobacco use on death rates around the world. Despite the fact that smoking is more prevalent and better-accepted in other countries, the USA has the world's highest death rates from smoking. 23% of all deaths in America can be traced to smoking, compared to 5% in France and 12% in Japan, both of which have higher smoking rates and lower rates of mortality overall. 

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"Smoking" is the behavior of victims of the cigare... by John Jonik on Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 7:51:38 PM
this is double weird because the one area of medic... by zzz05 on Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 7:52:23 PM
Diet.  Life style.  Genetics.... by Doc McCoy on Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 10:49:04 PM
points out very explicitly that the rate of smokin... by Doc McCoy on Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 8:00:45 PM
They use a statistical methodology that separates ... by Josh Mitteldorf on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 7:23:24 AM
1)  What is this "America"?  How to know... by John Jonik on Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 9:10:22 PM
the smoking issue is much more complicated than th... by Doc McCoy on Monday, Feb 13, 2012 at 10:47:14 PM
I question these so-called smoking rate declines i... by Scott Baker on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 5:08:39 AM
"Smoking Kills" morphed into "Tobacco Kills" becau... by Bob Alexander on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 11:05:38 AM


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