Annual Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Economic Costs—United States, 1995–1999
April 12, 2002 / Vol. 51 / No. 14
The April 12, 2002, issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) contains a report entitled, "Annual Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Economic Costs—United States, 1995–1999."
The report indicates that smoking continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, resulting in an estimated 440,00 premature deaths annually from 1995 through 1999. On average, adult men and women smokers lost 13.2 and 14.5 years of life, respectively, because they smoked.
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