Smoking Claims Twice as Many Lives in Cities
Jeremy Laurance Health Editor, The Independent (London, England)
SMOKING CLAIMS almost twice as many lives in the deprived urban areas of the North and of London as it does in rural England. In cities such as Newcastle and Manchester, up to 40 per cent of deaths are caused by smoking, while in the more prosperous country areas of Devon, Cornwall and East Anglia smoking accounts for 20 per cent of deaths.
More than 1,600 people a week died from smoking, equivalent to 86,500 a year, in England between 1998 and 2002. Almost two thirds of the deaths (62 per cent) were among men.
The unequal impact of the habit is revealed in a map published by the Health Development Agency showing death rates across the 303 primary care trusts …
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