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Lies, Lies and Anti-Smoking Statistics



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Another great moment in statistical analysis by the anti-smoking lobby, this time in the Guardian:

“It is estimated that passive smoking kills at least 120,000 people a year in the UK.”

Needless to say, we are never told by whom this carnage is ‘estimated’. Alert readers will recall that all forms of smoking are usually said to be responsible for 3-400,000 deaths a year in the US out of a population of around 280,000,000. The UK’s population is roughly 60 million. Clearly its passive smoke is peculiarly lethal.




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