Puffed Up Mortality Rates
The corona virus death data from other countries is scary. My prediction is that smoking will be implicated in higher coronavirus mortality. The lungs are adversely impacted by smoking. The coronavirus is a respiratory illness that invades the lungs. Just over 50% of Chinese men smoke and 30% of Italian men smoke. In the USA, 18% of the men and 13% of the women smoke. The CDC tells us that smoking is responsible for just over 480 thousand American deaths last year. That comes to 1300 deaths a day. Strong leaders, truly interested in improving public health, should take this opportunity to dramatically raise the tax on tobacco. A pack of cigarettes should cost at least 25 dollars. Use that money to finance the war on coronavirus.
Michael S. O’Hara, PT, OCS, CSCS