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Smoking Could Lead to 40 million TB Deaths

by Sheela Philomena on  October 5, 2011 at 2:38 PM Research News   - G J E 4
By 2050, smoking could cause 40 million extra deaths from tuberculosis, reveals study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

The estimates derive from a mathematic model of smoking trends and smoking's impact on TB risk.
 Smoking Could Lead to 40 million TB Deaths
Smoking Could Lead to 40 million TB Deaths
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Africa, the eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asia will see the biggest rise in smoking-linked TB, the study says.

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"Aggressively lowering the prevalence of tobacco smoking could reduce smoking-attributable deaths from tuberculosis by 27 million by 2050," according to the paper, headed by Sanjay Basu of the University of California at San Francisco.

Source: AFP
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