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12 March 2013 @ 02:21 pm
"Three times as many smokers die compared to nonsmokers"  
Now if only that were actually true*.

I think they must actually mean they die before the age of X (for some age X) but they don't actually say that. Full article for those interested.

*Though I suppose it might be true if there were three times as many smokers as non-smokers.

This entry was originally posted at http://purplecat.dreamwidth.org/92877.html.
lonemagpielonemagpie on March 12th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
Weird, I thought *everybody* died.

I mean, I've even done it a couple of times myself, and I've never smoked...
louisedennislouisedennis on March 12th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
I think the only way it can be true is if there are three times as many smokers as non-smokers then it becomes as trivial as saying something like twice as many Japanese die as British people.
wellinghallwellinghall on March 12th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
If you're a vampire, say, then you can die more than once ...

A letter of mine once appeared in New Scientist, about differing mortality rates between men and women. Maybe I should write the equivalent for smokers ...
daniel_saunders: Worcester Collegedaniel_saunders on March 14th, 2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
I thought of this post on seeing the following letter in the newspaper today:

"A few months ago an eminent Swedish professor of statistics with a dry sense of humour made a television programme on statistics. In it, he pointed out that in Sweden, the average number of legs was 1.99 recurring, as some people had only one leg and others had none. This meant, he pointed out with a straight face, that in Sweden, the majority of the population had an above average number of legs."
louisedennislouisedennis on March 14th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)