Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | February 19, 2010

Kentucky environmental attorney Sanders says Americans are living longer than ever even though cigarettes account for 1 in 5 deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is reporting that Americans are living longer than ever before.  Though the increase for 2007 (the latest data available) may not seem that dramatic — – 77.7 to 77.9 years of age, it is impressive to me.

According to the CDC, the death rate is now a whopping 43 percent lower than in 1960! This is a remarkable triumph for doctors and health care providers.  The principal causes of mortality are, in descending order, heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and accidents. These accounted for more than 64 percent of all deaths in the United States.  

Ultimately, life kills us: cancer is primarily a disease of old age, except when you increase the odds of getting it by 700 percent through smoking. The result, tobacco-related death accounts for almost one in five deaths each year in the U.S.  So, if you want to die, go ahead and smoke a coffin nail or a cancer stick or whatever you call that nasty stinking habit.   The tobacco industry loves ya for it.

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