Will smoking bans and less exposure to SHS/ETS prevent diseases and death?
NO, it has not and will not!!
Since 1965 smoking in the United States has declined by over 47
percent among people age 18 and older.
SHS/ETS exposure has declined about 75%.
The Cardiovascular Disease incidence rate has increased 26% over the 1970 incidence rate.
There has been a 43% increase in lung cancer deaths since 1970.
There has been a 74% increase in COPD(emphysema) deaths since 1979.
Since 1980 asthma death rates overall have increased more than 50% among all genders, age groups and ethnic groups.
The asthma death rate for children under 19 years old has increased by nearly 80%
The adult smoking rate had been steady for many years before 1965,there was no big increase after WW2 to justify the big increases in disease and death that we have seen over the last 3-4 decades.
Why do health authorities make such a big fuss over SHS/ETS?
Perhaps it is to keep people and politicians from noticing the death toll that they cause.
This was published on July 23, 2002:
The Chicago Tribune analyzed records from patient databases, court cases, 5,810 hospitals, as well as 75 federal and state agencies and found 103,000 cases of death due to hospital infections each year.
That is TWICE the claimed deaths caused by SHS/ETS!!
In case you missed it,this was in the Sunday paper supplement.
Posted are bits of the article.
Don't Let A Hospital Make You Sick
By Dr. Ranit Mishori
Publication Date: 02/08/2009
Isn’t a sick person always safer in the hospital than at home?
My answer—and plenty of studies support it—was an emphatic “no.” From hospital-acquired infections to medication errors to surgical mistakes, being a hospital patient carries a risk of its own, known as “preventable complications.” Millions of these occur every year.
An Institute of Medicine study estimated that nearly 98,000 Americans die each year due to medical errors. “It is a very serious problem,” says Joe McCannon, vice president of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
That also is TWICE the claimed deaths caused by SHS/ETS!!
http://www.illinoissmokersrights.com/to ... hap_6.html
1939: STATISTICS: Fortune magazine finds 53% of adult American males smoke; 66% of males under 40 smoke.
1949: CONSUMPTION: 44-47% of all adult Americans smoke; over 50% of men, and about 33% of women.
1965:Smoking Status: 42.4% of all adult Americans smoke; 51.9% of men and 33.9% of women.
http://www.americanheart.org/downloadab ... Update.pdf
Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics — 2005 Update
Since 1965 smoking in the United States has declined by 47
percent among people age 18 and older. (Health, United
States, 2004, CDC/NCHS)
Hospital Discharges for Cardiovascular Diseases
United States: 1970–2002
1970= about 3.2 million
(population was 203.3 million,CVD incidence rate of 1/63.5 people)
2002= about 6.2 million
(population was 290 million,CVD incidence rate of 1/46.8 people-this is a 26% increase over the 1970 incidence rate)
Table 39 (page 1 of 3). Death rates for malignant neoplasms of trachea, bronchus, and lung, by age: United States, selected years 1950–2004
[Data are based on death certificates]
All persons: Deaths per 100,000 resident population
All ages, age-adjusted
1970 = 37.1
2004 = 53.2
This is a 43% increase in lung cancer deaths over a time period when smoking rates have decreased by about 50%!!!
TRENDS IN CHRONIC BRONCHITIS AND EMPHYSEMA MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY;
AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION;
EPIDEMIOLOGY & STATISTICS UNIT;
RESEARCH AND PROGRAM SERVICES
COPD Age Adjusted Death Rates Population, 1979-2002
Age-Adjusted Death Rate per 100,000 Persons
1979 = 24.2
2002 = 42.0
That is a 74% increase in COPD deaths.
Source: Age Standardization of Death Rates: Implementation of the Year 2000 Standard. National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol. 47 No. 3.
Additional Calculations Performed by the American Lung Association, Epidemiology and Statistics Unit.
Smoke and the Asthma Epidemic:
Date of original release: 7/17/00
In the United States, the incidence of adult and childhood asthma has climbed to an unprecedented high during the past twenty years, while smoking and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke [ETS] have decreased significantly during the same period.
"...Between 1980 and 1995, the number of people reporting asthma in the U.S. more than doubled (from 6.7 million to 13.7 million) , a 75% increase in the rate per 100,000 population. And, after a sharp increase beginning in the early 1990's, the rate is still climbing.
The Center for Disease Control estimates the 1998 rate at 17.3 million, a 150% increase since 1980."
The prevalence of asthma has been increasing since the early 1980's across all age, sex and racial groups.
Mortality:Since 1980 asthma death rates overall have increased more than 50% among all genders, age groups and ethnic groups.
The death rate for children under 19 years old has increased by nearly 80% percent since 1980.