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Don't dismiss the link between smoking and suicide, researchers warn
Don't dismiss the link between smoking and suicide, researchers warn

To the long list of ways that smoking can kill you, experts should add one more cause of death – suicide. So say some sharp-eyed readers of the New England Journal of Medicine. In February, the trio spied a report in the journal that examined more than 100,000 deaths among smokers and former smokers who participated in one of five long-term health studies. The analysis concluded that the 21 diseases officially tied to smoking accounted for only 83% of the observed deaths. Most of the other deaths could be blamed on conditions like hypertension, liver cirrhosis and rare cancers – all of which were more likely to afflict smokers than nonsmokers, the study said. The...

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