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June 23/30, 2004

Modifiable Behavioral Factors as Causes of Death

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(24):2941. doi:10.1001/jama.291.24.2941-b

To the Editor: Dr Mokdad and colleagues1 reported that about one third of deaths in the United States are attributable to smoking and overweight. By calling attention to a predicted increase in health care costs secondary to these risk factors, the authors implied that prevention of these risk factors will save costs. They concluded that there is an urgent need to provide more prevention of these risk factors.

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