Smoking and death

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6979.600 (Published 04 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:600
  1. Rodolfo Saracci
  1. Director of research in epidemiology International Agency for Research on Cancer, 69372 Lyons Cedex 08, France

    EDITOR,—It is interesting to contrast the survival curves for the British male doctors studied by Doll and colleagues1 with what is, to my knowledge, the first published lifetable for smokers and non-smokers. This was computed by Pearl in 1938 in an “investigation of the influence of tobacco upon human longevity” in American men.2 The figure shows survival in the British (fig (a) and (b)) and American (fig (c)) studies.

    Survival of (a) British doctors 1951-71 and (b) British doctors 1951-91 from Doll and …

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