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Diseases which may be caused or aggravated by cigarette smoking or air pollution are causing more deaths every year even though the overall death rate from disease is declining in this country.According to statistics released by the Public Health Service, 11 diseases connected with smoking were the cause of death for 253 of every 100,000 Americans in 1950.By 1964 the same 11 diseases were killing 349 of every 100,000 Americans.While these smoking-related diseases were killing an additional 96 persons out of every 100,000, the death rate from all diseases was declining from 964 in 1950 to 940 persons per 100,000 in 1964.By 1964, 37% of all disease deaths in the United States were caused by diseases connected with smoking while in 1950 only 26% were caused by smokingrelated diseases.The PHS report was based on a study of all deaths in the continental US
WASHINGTON NEWS. JAMA. 1966;198(11):33-34. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110240011003