The impact of smoking on mortality is widely documented via a multitude of epidemiological evidence (e.g. Doll and Peto 2004, Pirie et al., 2012). A "Smoking Index" aims to provide some ongoing, regular measurement of this key mortality barometer.
In particular, around
36% of all deaths due to respiratory diseases
29% of all cancer deaths were attributable to smoking.
14% of deaths due to circulatory diseases
5% of deaths due to diseases of the digestive system
were attributable to smoking.
Source: Statistics on Smoking: England 2011; The Health and Social Care Information Centre.
We are currently exploring the feasibility of a Smoking Index which could lead to uses including a more prospective longevity modelling approach which provides a strong signal for future manifestations in mortality rate data.