Smoking and mortality

Male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life, respectively.[72]

Wikipedia. The stat is from a “Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report” (MMWR) not available online, so I’ve no idea if this is true or not, even if the reference have so far been at least implicitly accepted by the Wikipedia community. I assume, even if it is not made implicit in the text, that this is a US estimate, not an estimate that is relevant on a global level. When it comes to Denmark, one large Danish study (you can read more about it here) found that 30-year-olds who’d never smoked could expect to live 8.5 years longer than heavy smokers.


December 29, 2009 Posted by | Data, Medicine | Leave a comment