8m killed by smoking in 50 years
Daily Express|December 02, 2021
SMOKING has claimed almost eight million lives in the UK in the past 50 years, a charity has calculated.
Hanna Geissler

Action on Smoking and Health (Ash) has released the analysis to mark its 50th anniversary.

It said although progress had been made, two million more deaths were still expected in the next 20 years.

Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Ash, said: “The government knew about the terrible harms from smoking in the 1950s, but it took the tireless efforts of campaigners to bring about change.”

The modelling, led by Prof Sir Richard Peto, estimates that since 1970, 4.79 million men and 2.95 million women have died of tobacco-related illnesses.

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