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Smokers Prevalence vs. Life Expectancy II

The 15 countries with the highest life expectancies and the USA
and their smokers prevalences

Anti Smoking Groups are always claiming that smoking reduces your life expectancy.
In the European Code against Cancer it is claimed for instance that:
"Tobacco can kill in over twenty different ways including causes such as lung cancer and other forms of cancer, heart disease, strokes and chronic bronchitis and other respiratory diseases. Smokers have three times the death rate in middle-age (between the ages of 35 and 69) than non-smokers and about half of regular cigarette smokers will eventually die from their habit.

Many of these are not particularly heavy smokers but they can be characterised by starting smoking in their teenage years. Half of the deaths from tobacco will take place in middle age (35-69) and each will lose approximately 20-25 years of non-smokers life expectancy: the remaining half of the deaths will take place after the age of 70."

If smoking can cost you up to 25 years in life expectancy, shouldn't countries with lower smokers prevalance have higher life expectancies and vice-versa?
I have taken the figures from the list of 87 countries, based on figures by the WHO and CIA and compiled the Top 15 life expectancies for males and females.

I find the (male) figures for Japan(!), Israel, Greece, Cuba and Spain very interesting. How could three countries with smoking prevalences of 45-59% show up in the Top 15 at all?
The percentage of Japanese smokers is 2.7 times higher than that of the Swedes, but an avarage Japanese still lives one year longer!

Male
Top 15 (+US) Life Expectancies
compared to smokers prevalences

Life Expectancy
(years)
Smokers Prevalence
(percentages)
1.Iceland 76.6 (1994) 31.0 (1994)
2.Japan 76.5 (1994) 59.0 (1994)
3.Costa Rica 75.9 (1994) 35.0 (1988)
.Israel 75.9 (1994) 45.0 (1990)
5.Sweden 75.5 (1994) 22.0 (1994)
6.Greece 75.2 (1994) 46.0 (1994)
7.Switzerland 74.8 (1994) 36.0 (1992)
8.Netherlands 74.7 (1994) 36.0 (1994)
.Canada 74.7 (1994) 31.0 (1991)
.Cuba 74.7 (1994) 49.3 (1990)
11.Australia 74.5 (1994) 29.0 (1993)
.Spain 74.5 (1994) 48.0 (1993)
.Malta 74.5 (1994) 40.0 (1992)
14.Italy 74.4 (1994) 38.0 (1994)
15.France 74.3 (1994) 40.0 (1993)
...USA 72.6 (1994) 28.1 (1991)

Female
Top 15 (+US) Life Expectancies
compared to smokers prevalences

Life Expectancy
(years)
Smokers Prevalence
(percentages)
1.France 82.3 (1994) 27.0 (1993)
.Japan 82.3 (1994) 14.8 (1994)
3.Canada 81.7 (1994) 29.0 (1991)
.Switzerland 81.7 (1994) 26.0 (1992)
5.Spain 81.2 (1994) 25.0 (1994)
.Sweden 81.2 (1994) 24.0 (1994)
.Iceland 81.2 (1994) 28.0 (1994)
8.Netherlands 81.0 (1994) 29.0 (1994)
.Italy 81.0 (1994) 26.0 (1994)
10.Australia 80.8 (1994) 21.0 (1993)
11.Luxembourg 80.5 (1994) 26.0 (1994)
12.Belgium 80.4 (1994) 19.0 (1993)
13.New Zealand 80.2 (1994) 26.0 (1995)
14.Israel 80.2 (1994) 30.0 (1990)
15.Austria 80.0 (1994) 27.0 (1992)
...USA 79.4 (1994) 23.5 (1991)


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