[Why is life expectancy a problem for the Danes? The influence of smoking during the last 50 years]

Ugeskr Laeger. 1998 Nov 16;160(47):6800-5.
[Article in Danish]


The study quantifies the influence of smoking on mortality in Denmark and computes measures for the individual risk. Mortality due to lung cancer among Danish women is now the highest in Europe. Smoking-attributable deaths among men amounted to 3% in 1945, 26% in 1985, and 25% in 1995; the proportion is lower among women, but is increasing considerably. In 1995 in the age-group 35-69 years such deaths make up the same proportion among men and women. The risk that a 35-year old Dane dies before attaining the age of 70 due to other than smoking-attributable causes has decreased since 1945, most significantly among women. Women have experienced a considerable increase in smoking-attributable mortality over the last 20 years, increasing the total risk of a 35 year-old of dying before reaching the age of 70. In 1995 a little over 13,000 of a total of a little less than 63,000 deaths could be attributed to smoking. Smoking is responsible for a significant part of the adverse development in Danish life expectancy.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cause of Death
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Female
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Life Expectancy*
  • Lung Neoplasms / chemically induced
  • Lung Neoplasms / mortality
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Smoking / history
  • Smoking / mortality*
  • Smoking / trends