Thursday, January 13, 2005

Simple Sums

The BBC points out 100 things we did not know at the end of 2003. (via

13. Smoking killed nearly one million people worldwide in 2000, according to the World Health Organisation.

89. Continuing in this cheery vein, more than 1.2 million people die in traffic accidents worldwide each year. The first was Bridget Driscoll, knocked down by a car travelling at 12mph in London on 17 August 1896. The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death, and warned: "This must never happen again."

Yes, I am a smoker, but I'm also a cyclist... Ah, this is enough for one post, so I shall refrain from pointing out the increased health risk for 300 million obese people who might not all be so fat, had they not stopped smoking?

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