This reference provides tables and graphs for each major country that describe the extent to which smoking is now causing death in middle age and in old age. The chief purpose of this book is to facilitate effective communication of the magnitude of the number of deaths that smoking is now causing. In developed countries alone, the habit is currently responsible for about two million deaths a year, about half of which are deaths in middle age. There is, however, wide variation between one developed country and another in the current death rates from smoking, and in the trends in those death rates.
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