As published in Business Insider, Jan. 21, 2017, 10:00 AM, http://www.businessinsider.com/mike-pence-smoking-doesnt-kill-2017-1 Mike Pence wrote an op-ed article in 2000 stating
- “Despite the hysteria from the political class and the media, smoking doesn’t kill. In fact, 2 out of every three smokers does not die from a smoking related illness and 9 out of ten smokers do not contract lung cancer.”
If 2/3 don’t die of smoking related illness, then it follows that 1/3 do die of smoking related illness and that translates into 0.5 Million every year in the US. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the US and it shortens your expected life-span by 10 years.
I recommend that you don’t use Mike Pence as your source on medical or scientific matters. Use the CDC website instead: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/tobacco_related_mortality/
David Posnett MD