Wednesday, May 04, 2005

The Risk of Death for Smokers

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, most death resulting from tobacco smoking occurred in people aged 65 years or more. However, around one in five deaths occurred in the 35 to 64 years age groups. Even though people know it's bad for their health, there is some incentive somehow, somewhere to smoke (ads, stress, etc.) Data releasedin 2001 from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare indicates that 19.5 percent of people aged 14 and over smoke. This means that parents and teachers need to emphasize even more about the damages caused by smoking. Men smoke on average 19.7 cigaretes per day, compared with 18.1 smoked by women.This is ridiculous. People need to be more educated regarding their health and the critical harm caused by smoking. Smokers not only harm themselves but the people sorrounding them that do not smoke. Reaserch has proven that second-hand smokers are hurt twice as much as smokers overall.


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