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Dutch life expectancy slips behind that of European neighbours

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 21 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:948
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Holland is falling behind many of its European neighbours for life expectancy, and smoking seems to be the reason, says a study of mortality by the Netherlands National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). The trend is particularly striking among Dutch women, who also have one of the highest rates of smoking in Europe.

    In 1970, the average life expectancy of Dutch women was 76, the third highest in Europe, with only Swedish and Norwegian women living …

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