Thursday, September 20, 2007

Smoking blamed for 1 in 5 deaths in Nova Scotia

A new report applauds Nova Scotia's efforts to reduce smoking rates since 2000, but the study — commissioned by the Canadian Cancer Society — also says the province's anti-smoking campaign has stalled in the past three years.

Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke is responsible for one in five deaths in the province, costing taxpayers $171.3 million in direct health expenditures, says the study, prepared by GPI Atlantic and released Wednesday.

The indirect costs to the economy were tallied at a further $526 million each year.

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