No smoking without fire

(May 2, 2013)

Socio-economic differentials in life expectancy have a long history in the United Kingdom. A large part of this over the last few decades has been stark differences in smoking rates - people of a high socio-economic status are much less likely to smoke, resulting in longer life expectancy.

However, people also tend to associate with those of a similar socio-economic group, so I know relatively few smokers.  As a result, I was unaware of some changes in smoking habits until I saw the joiner refitting our office sucking on his pen a lot.  It turned out not to be a pen, but an electronic cigarette. The joiner had been a forty-a-day man - sixty if the day ended in a night out - until he replaced his favourite brand with a

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Tags: smoking, e-cigarettes, mortality improvements

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