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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:

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.

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