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Monday, July 07, 2008

Smoking Ban Saves 75,000 Kiwis and 300,000 Sheep

OK, so I made up the sheep figure, but I figure if the New Zealand government can make up figures like "75,000 people" saved from smoking ban than a lazy blogger from Baltimore can say it saved 300,000 sheep.
Banning smoking in bars and restaurants has saved the lives of more than 75,000 Kiwis, the Health Ministry says.
Since the introduction of the legislation in December 2004, there are now 150,000 fewer smokers - bringing the total smoking population down to less than 20 per cent.

Ministry national director of tobacco control Ashley Bloomfield said half of the smokers who had quit in the past three-and-a-half years would have died as a result of their smoking.
Classic. They claim that half of the smokers that quit would have died from smoking related causes. Which, unless we are counting car accidents, drownings, strokes, getting struck by lightning, etc as "smoking related" deaths; the 75,000 figure sounds not only silly, but impossible.

Full story here.

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