12 Jan '11, 3am

Smoking could 'virtually disappear' in NZ and other countries within 50 years, according to research by Citigroup

Smoking could 'virtually disappear' in New Zealand and many other developed countries within half a century. -- PHOTO: REUTERS WELLINGTON - SMOKING could 'virtually disappear' in New Zealand and many other developed countries within half a century, according to research by a major investment bank. But Citigroup reckons the habit could be almost wiped out in Australia in as little as 20 years. Smoking prevalence is 17 percent in Australia and 19-20 percent in New Zealand, depending on the data source, although Citigroup puts the NZ rate at 18 percent. But even if New Zealand has gone smoke-free by 2061, the epidemic of smoking-related disease and premature deaths for many smokers will linger. 'The deaths stop 20 to 50 years after smoking ends,' Christchurch public health researcher Murray Laugesen said on Tuesday. He said the Health Ministry estimated before the government ...

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