Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Tobacco to Kill 1 Billion!

Puff ... One Beeeeee-leee-on!
Tobacco expected to kill 1 billion this century Associated Press Updated: 7:07 p.m. ET July 10, 2006 Smoking accounts for 1 in 5 cancer deaths, new reference guides report

WASHINGTON - If current trends hold, tobacco will kill a billion people this century, 10 times the toll it took in the 20th century, public health officials said Monday. Tobacco accounts for one in five cancer deaths, or 1.4 million deaths worldwide each year, according to two new reference guides that chart global tobacco use and cancer. Lung cancer remains the major cancer among the 10.9 million new cases of cancer diagnosed each year, according to the Cancer Atlas...

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OK. My local paper posted the headline as "Tobacco to kill 1 billion this century". Other outlets posted "Tobacco may kill 1 billion this century" [emphasis mine] as the title for the story. All I want to know is ... with that kind of potential, when will the Bush Administration declare war on Tobacco exporting countries? And before you cast your ballot, check out the map from the story:
Oh, I also want to know how many people subscribe to the Cancer Atlas mistakenly thinking it is an astrology publication.


Dave H said...

This reminds me of a news story I read in Minnesota some years back, which headlined that fact that tobacco was "responsible" for 50% of the deaths in the state over the previous decade.

Now, aside from the questionable statistical methodology employed, my question was simple: if everybody in Minnesota stopped smoking, would half of us live forever?

I posed this query in an op-ed piece in the Minneapolis Red Star Tribune, but I never got an answer.

I wanna see the headline "Living to Kill 6 Billion in Next Century" ... or maybe "Carrots Kill!" with the statistical factoid that everybody who ate a carrot prior to 1866 is now deceased.

Be well,
Dave H.

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