Misleading statistics by the CDC
Comparative Causes of Annual Deaths in the
All mortality data are for 1990, except alcohol, which is for 1987.
Source: HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report; National Safety Council Accident Facts;
Monthly Vital Statistics Report; SAMMEC; Alcohol-Related Death Index.
From the CDC's Tobacco Information &
Notice how the CDC statistics are being skewed and
presented in a misleading way. If you just look at the graph alone without
evaluating what it's saying, you would have to conclude that smoking is THE
leading cause of death among Americans. But, is that true?
the numbers for heart disease, cancer, and stroke in people who NEVER smoked?
What about people who simply died from old age? How convenient. What is
appearing to be a consistent approach by liberals is to simply ignore any
statistics that do not fit their preconceived result.
I'm sure the CDC
would like you to infer that heart disease, cancer, and stroke is really caused
by smoking, as the following graph depicts. But, is
Deaths Attributable to Cigarette
Smoking---United States, 1990
Source: CDC SAMMEC, MMWR
I'm sure the CDC would be ecstatic if I were just to
blindly accept their version - but I don't! They expect me to find a terrible
crisis when of the more than 1,623,095 deaths attributable to heart disease,
cancer, and stroke - 25% are smoking related? What causes the other 75%?
Sure, they might be able to say that 25% of those who died from these
diseases were smokers, but what does that prove? What percentage of those who
died also regularly ate junk food, ate red meat cooked over charcoal, drank
coffee, tea, or soft drinks, ever flew in an airplane, or took asprin? Are we
to blame these things on their death? Or, hey 100% of them drank water. Might
the water be contaminated?
One of the cardinal rules of environmental
toxicology is to identify the specific chemical(s) of concern, because
biological responses are highly specific. The simple exposure to a given
chemical, even if it is an established carcinogen, is by itself usually not
associated with development of cancer. Everyone is exposed to potentially toxic
or carcinogenic chemicals every day. Risk is not established by exposure alone;
it is established thru a dose-response relationship.
Folks, you can
make statistics say whatever you want them to say, and the CDC along with
others wanting your money are simply using that fact to manipulate and frighten
you with misleading and incomplete graphics.