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What's wrong with smoking?
Posted by: George
Date: January 30, 2001 7:47 PM

Can you help me stop smoking? Tell me what is so bad about it.

RE: What's wrong with smoking?
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: January 31, 2001 11:00 AM

After a little research, I came up with the following. Cigarette smoking kills nearly about 430,000 people a year, making it more lethal than AIDS, automobile accidents, homicides, suicides, drug overdoses, and fires COMBINED. It reduces smokers' life expectancy by an average of 20 years, and is the single most preventable cause of death. In one study only 42% of male lifelong smokers reached the age of 73 compared to 78% of nonsmokers. Smoking may be even
more dangerous in women. Second hand smoke is as dangerous to other people as smoking is to you.



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