Smoking Could Lead to 40 million TB Deaths

by Sheela Philomena on  October 5, 2011 at 2:38 PM Research News
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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

Africa, the eastern Mediterranean and Southeast Asia will see the biggest rise in smoking-linked TB, the study says.

"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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