Dont dice with death by Kevin Meldrum

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Most people know that smoking is bad for health. Smoking, more than any other factor, cuts people’s life expectancy. As well as being the prime cause of cancer and heart disease, it also causes many other fatal conditions and chronic illnesses among adults. The dangers of smoking are clear:

  • over 120,000 people are killed a year because they smoke
  • half of all who continue to smoke for most of their lives die of the habit; a quarter before the age of 69, and a quarter in old age13, at time when average life expectancy is 75 for men and nearly 80 for women14
  • those who smoke regularly and die of a smoking-related disease lose on average 16 years from their life expectancy compared to non-smokers13
  • for every 1000 20-year-old smokers it is estimated that while one will be murdered and six will die in motor accidents, 250 will die in middle age from smoking, and 250 will die in older age from smoking

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 6 years ago

    A timely reminder, lets hope people are listening.
    I gave up smoking about 30 years ago, it was one of the best things I ever did.

  • Kevin Meldrum
    Kevin Meldrumabout 6 years ago

    indeed lets hope people do listen

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