Search the Scientific Evidence database

You are currently inside the

PYLL: Myth or Reality?

area of the Scientific Evidence Portal

We often hear about “premature deaths” and ”cost to society” by the obese, the drinkers, the smokers and other “wrong” lifestyles. This is also referred to as Potential Years of Life Lost, or PYLL. We are lead to believe that if we eliminated diseases such as cancer and health disease (attributed, of course, to the “wrong” lifestyles) we would live longer – much longer. Is that true? The evidence at hand does not show that. In fact, even if we could completely eliminate those diseases, the average life span would be extended from a few hours to a few days. Aside from the pain and suffering, the gains in productivity would be really miserable – and death would occur for other diseases, anyway.

(+ and - allowed)

Or try:

Note: Loading may take a while so please be patient

Full 'PYLL: Myth or Reality?' category Scientific Evidence Listing (8 documents)

Showing results 0 to 8 of 8

FORCES is supported solely by the efforts of the readers. Please become a member or donate what you can.

Contact Info
Forces Contacts
Media Contacts
Evidence Categories
Quick Look-Up
List of Methodological Errors in ETS Studies
Hill's Criteria and Authoritative Citations
What Must an Epidemiologic Study Warrant?
Table of All Studies on ETS and Lung Cancer up to 2006

Pie Charts of ETS/Lung Cancer Studies
How many cigarettes must be smoked to create an ETS danger?

Passive Smoking: an Institutional Problem
A 13-minute video to understand the fraud

If you like to read rather then listen, download
Now available for free