Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
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.
Gandjour A. Modifiable Behavioral Factors as Causes of Death. JAMA. 2004;291(24):2941. doi:10.1001/jama.291.24.2941-b