The « years lost » by a person dying prematurely from some cause is usually equated with life expectancy at the age of death derived from a life table for either the general population or a population in which the cause does not operate.
It is suggested that this procedure may not always be valid.
The calculation of years lost by individuals dying prematurely from smoking-related deaths is taken as an example using data from the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study (ACS CPS II) and from Peto et al.
An alternative hypothesis, whereby smoking advances the age of death by an amount considerably less than the life expectancy, is examined.
Mots-clés Pascal : Méthode étude, Indicateur, Etude comparative, Tabagisme, Homme, Espérance vie, Années de vie perdues
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Investigation method, Indicator, Comparative study, Tobacco smoking, Human
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Cote : 94-0504141
Code Inist : 002B30A01A1. Création : 199501.