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Take a guess: How many Americans die each year from cigarettes?

Every morning I do a quick scan of the headlines out of Iraq about the undeclared civil war in that country.  I look at the casualties on all sides.

But, I wasn't prepared for the casualty count about another civil war taking place right here in this country between smokers and cigarettes.

The Wall Street Journal says this morning (requires subscription) that out of America's 45 million smokers an estimated 440,000 die each year.  Try to wrap your head around that statistic.  It's amazing.  Compare that to the casualty count in the Iraq war.  It's not even close.

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