What are the odds that smoking will kill you?

  title={What are the odds that smoking will kill you?},
  author={Margaret E. Mattson and E S Pollack and John W. Cullen},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  volume={77 4},
We calculated the long-term risks of death from smoking for individuals of various ages and smoking status in terms of the excess mortality contributed by smoking, over and above the baseline mortality from the same diseases caused by factors other than smoking using standard life table procedures. Since mortality data for specific smoking categories were available only from prospective studies in the late 1950s, we scaled these to the 1982 mortality levels. We assumed, for lung cancer, that… CONTINUE READING