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Smoking related deaths expected to rocket

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 01 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:0407270
  1. Anna Goldie1
  1. 1London

The number of deaths related to smoking will increase to 10 million a year worldwide by 2030--more than the total number of deaths from malaria, maternal and serious childhood diseases, and tuberculosis combined, according to a World Health Organization report.

Seven in 10 of these deaths will occur in the developing world, where three quarters of the world's smokers live and where access to treatment remains low. Research has shown that the poorest households in Bangladesh were twice as likely to smoke as rich ones, with the average male smoker spending twice …

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