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Mortality Attributable to Cigarette Smoking in the United States


Rogers, Richard G.; Hummer, Robert A.; Krueger, Patrick M.; & Pampel, Fred C. (2005). Mortality Attributable to Cigarette Smoking in the United States. Population and Development Review, 31(2), 259-292.


Cigarette smoking is an especially pernicious behavior because of its high prevalence & mortality risk. We use the powerful methodology of life tables with covariates & employ the National Health Interview Survey-Multiple Cause of Death file to illuminate the interrelationships of smoking with other risk factors & the combined influences of smoking prevalence & population size on mortality attributable to smoking. We find that the relationship between smoking & mortality is only modestly affected by controlling for other risk factors. Excess deaths attributable to smoking among adults in the United States in the year 2000 were as high as 340,000. Better knowledge of the prevalence & mortality risk associated with different cigarette smoking statuses can enhance the future health & longevity prospects of the population.


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Population and Development Review


Rogers, Richard G.
Hummer, Robert A.
Krueger, Patrick M.
Pampel, Fred C.