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5 million puffed to death in 2000

London, Sept. 11 (Reuters): Smoking killed nearly five million people in 2000, accounting for almost equal numbers in the developed and developing nations and painting a bleak picture for the future, scientists said. Men accounted for three-quarters of all the deaths, a figure rising to 84 per cent in the developing nations where 930 million of the world’s 1.1 billion smokers are to be found, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts and Queensland University, Australia said in the Lancet medical journal.

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