A special government scientific team today linked cigarette smoking to five forms of cancer and termed the habit a health hazard which needs "appropriate remedial action."
The long-awaited 150,000-word report by 10 scientists and physicians declared that a series of studies showed that "the mortality ratio of cigarette smokers over non-smokers was particularly high for a number of diseases."
Among these, it listed lung cancer, cancer of the mouth, cancer of the larynx, cancer of the esophagus, cancer of the urinary bladder, emphysema, bronchitis, peptic ulcers and coronary artery disease.
It said the death rate among smokers compared to non-smokers was nearly 1,000 times higher from lung cancer, about 500 times higher from bronchitis and emphysema and about 70 percent high for coronary artery.
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