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Editor's Correspondence
April 12, 2004

Cigarette Smoking Can Kill You Real Fast

Arch Intern Med. 2004;164(7):807-808. doi:10.1001/archinte.164.7.807-b

The recent report of the BIP (Bezafibrate Infarction Prevention) Study Group that cigarette smoking is a powerful independent predictor of sudden cardiac death risk in patients with coronary artery disease1 is extremely important from the public health point of view. Cigarette smokers are addicts (addiction to nicotine in the cigarettes) and therefore usually have a staunch and recalcitrant personality.

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