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Drinking SmokeThe Tobacco Syndemic in Oceania$
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Mac Marshall

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836856

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836856.001.0001

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Death, Taxes, and Tobacco Control

Death, Taxes, and Tobacco Control

(p.118) Chapter 7 Death, Taxes, and Tobacco Control
Drinking Smoke

Mac Marshall

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter asserts tobacco has become a major cause of death and disability in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), especially over the past century, as industrially manufactured cigarettes have captured an ever greater number of smokers. According to the World Health Organization's Western Pacific Regional Office, diseases strongly linked to tobacco smoking are among the three leading causes of death in most of the islands. Cardiovascular diseases were the top reported cause of death in fifteen of the twenty PICTs for which data were available and respiratory diseases were ranked as the first, second, or third most frequently reported cause of death in eleven of the twenty political entities.

Keywords:   tobacco, Pacific Islands, cardiovascular diseases, cigarettes, respiratory diseases

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