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I spotted a tiny item on the "health" page of a rubbishy magazine and checked it out, discovering to my amazement that it's correct! Premature deaths from COPD dropped by 63% between 1982 and 2012: verified by a reputable lung foundation internet site.
I was flabbergasted, because I've been assuming that as more of us older smokers and ex-smokers develop COPD the death rate would go up, but apparently not so. Maybe we're being diagnosed earlier, better treatments are started earlier, rehab availability has improved - who knows?
Whatever the reason, it's positive news I just had to pass on.
Footnote: These figures would be for affluent western countries: there's no doubt the death rate will go up drastically in poorer countries where tobacco companies are now pushing their products, often without restriction.
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