Following on from last night:
Salt, sex and booze: lifestyle killers on the rise
Paris (AFP) – The number of people worldwide whose deaths were tied to avoidable health risks like high blood pressure and smoking has shot up by almost 23 percent since 1990, researchers said Friday.
According to results published in British journal The Lancet, scientists concluded that a range of 79 health dangers contributed to 30.8 million deaths in 2013, 5.7 million more than in 1990 even when population growth and ageing were taken into account.
“To put it in plain English, we are behaving badly,” study co-author Ali Mokdad of the University of Washington told AFP.
“I mean we know very well that smoking kills and that blood pressure is another killer,” he said by phone. “Nobody risks not changing the oil in their car, but nobody pays the same attention to their own body.”
They’re losing it, aren’t they?
But I’m a bit puzzled by the photo. There’s no salt or sex or booze in it. Instead there’s a cigarette, a cup of coffee, and what looks like a glass of water. But I suppose all these health risks are interchangeable.
Water is lethal stuff, of course. People drown in it. And that glass of water might look harmless, but just imagine if you fainted and fell forward and your nose ended up in the glass. Yes, you could easily drown in the glass of water on a restaurant table.
It probably happens quite often. Customer comes in, sits down, orders a Four Seasons pizza with added capers and fried onions, and a few minutes later is found dead with his nose sunk in the glass of water in front of him.
In fact, you could just as easily drown in a bowl of minestrone. Or porridge. Or mashed potato.
They should have health warnings. I’m surprised they don’t already. Don’t Lower Your Nose Into The Mashed Potato. Or Porridge Kills.
It probably helps to have companions sitting at the table with you, who can keep an eye on you, and pull you and your nose out of the macaroni cheese starter if you happen to fall in.
Better safe than sorry, eh?
Smoking rates on the rise in New York City
For the first time in years, more than 1 million New Yorkers are smoking, marking a disturbing rise of tobacco use in the city that pioneered a number of anti-smoking initiatives that were emulated nationally.
New York City’s Department of Health released data Monday showing that 16 percent of adult New Yorkers are smokers.
That’s up 14 percent from 2010, which was the city’s lowest recorded rate.
The findings came from answers to an annual health survey of thousands of residents in New York’s five boroughs.
To combat the rise, the city is launching a new anti-smoking ad campaign, authorized by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
De Blasio’s predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, made anti-smoking a centerpiece of his public health agenda.
So when are they going to start running campaigns against minestrone and mashed potato?