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Smoking should be mentioned as cause of death on death certificates

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7144.1606 (Published 23 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1606
  1. Louise Robinson, Lecturer,
  2. John Spencer, Senior lecturer,
  3. Rosie Stacy, Lecturer in sociology,
  4. Raj Bhopal, Professor
  1. Department of Primary Health Care, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH
  2. Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Newcastle

    EDITOR—Tobacco related diseases cause an estimated two million deaths a year in developed countries.1 Smoking has always been permitted as a cause of death on death certificates in Britain, but such deaths had to be reported to the coroner. Since September 1992 the coroner has not needed to be notified, provided the disease causing death was given.2 We explored the inclusion of smoking as a certified cause of death from before the change in regulations up to February 1997. Since March …

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