Public Health

PACT Deaths


The Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco reports that "nearly 1,800 nonsmoking Pennsylvania casino employees will die from lung cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses caused by secondhand smoke" during the next 40 years. Or is it 300? The latter figure is cited in a press release dated October 18, while the former is from a statement (PDF) issued three days before that. At this rate, the 40-year death toll should be down to less than a quarter of a person by now, all without the need for a government-imposed smoking ban.

[Thanks to Bill Hannegan for the tip.]