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Smoking Abroad

It was depressing to note an increased number of smoking posters in the Port-au-Prince airport as I came down for this trip to Haiti. The smoking prevalence here is relatively low (though up a fair amount from when I last checked), but there remains the constant concern that as incomes increase – slowly:

https://www.google.com/publicdata/embed?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&ctype=l&strail=false&bcs=d&nselm=h&met_y=ny_gdp_pcap_cd&scale_y=lin&ind_y=false&rdim=region&idim=country:HTI&ifdim=region&hl=en_US&dl=en&ind=false

Smoking will inexorably rise as well, along with its attendant ills. I find this latter article very helpful in discussions with patients, as putting some stark numbers to cigarette smoking – 10 years less of life, OR of death 2-3 that of peers in the 50-60 range – drives the point home better than more vague statements about death.

Though those aren’t inappropriate either.

https://www.google.com/publicdata/embed?ds=d5bncppjof8f9_&ctype=l&strail=false&bcs=d&nselm=h&met_y=smoking_prevalence&fdim_y=gender:1&scale_y=lin&ind_y=false&rdim=region&idim=country:HTI&ifdim=region&hl=en_US&dl=en&ind=false

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