Woo Hoo! Great paper here

Worldwide burden of disease from exposure to second-hand smoke: a retrospective analysis of data from 192 countries


The calculations were based on disease-specific relative risk estimates and area-specific estimates of the proportion of people exposed to second-hand smoke, by comparative risk assessment methods, with data from 192 countries during 2004.

Oh, right.

So, they\’ve assumed how much death is caused by second hand smoke, estimated how many people are affected by second hand smoke and then tell us the final number?

This is without, you know, actually counting or investigating the effects of second hand smoke at all?

3 thoughts on “Woo Hoo! Great paper here”

  1. To be fair to them, they would say that other studies have already quantified the relative risk and they’re just showing what it relates to in absolute terms. We might find it absurd to hear that 1 in 100 deaths is caused by passive smoking (as indeed it is), but it’s not an illogical conclusion IF one takes the small epidemiological studies that found these relative risks seriously in the first place.


  2. Smoking is proven to be quite dangerous to the smoker. If that is not enough to ban tobacco products, so be it.

    So long as tobacco products remain legal, it’s pointless to spend time and attention to the clearly minor risk of passive smoke.

  3. Sorry but I can’t make sense of this announcement. UK & a few other countries we have a lot of central heating etc We cook on gas or electric. Fair ‘nough, they can extrapolate from some dodgy studies to get to these sort of figures. If they’re going to extend to 192 countries they’re including in a lot of places burn stuff in the house anyway. heating, cooking fires. I’ve lived in France next door & everyone I knew had woodburning stoves or open fires. Houses always had a certain amount of smoke in the air. Aren’t there health problems reported in the third world due to cooking fires indoors? Then there’s places still light with kerosene. Filthy stuff. leaves tar & soot everywhere.
    There something magical about tobacco leaves? Apart from the nicotine? Thought if you take that out it’s just burning plant matter.
    How the hell’d they isolate all the extraneous factors/ OK, you can drown in 2″ water but if you fall overboard in mid-Atlantic it’s a bit esoteric isn’t it? Saying you drowned in that specific 2″.

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