New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Friday, February 1, 1991
Deaths rising as old smokers fall ill
ATLANTA (AP) — More Americans arc quitting smoking, but deaths from smoking-related illnesses have increased 11 percent — to more than 430,000 a year — as those who smoked years ago take ill, federal health officials say.
“The problem is, we are now paying for what happened 20, 30 years ago, when large numbers of people smoked in large amounts,” Dr. William Roper, director of the Centers for Disease Control, said Thursday.
“Even though the percentage of Americans now smoking is lower than in the past, the burden of the past practice is coming clear,” he said as the CDC issued its latest survey of smoking-related deaths, based on 1988 statistics.
It rcjx>rtcd that 434,175 Americans died from
smoking-related discases in 1988, up 11 percent from the 390,000 deaths attributed to smoking in a 1985 study.
CDC researchers estimate that about 29 percent of Americans smoke, down from 30 percent in 1985 and 40 percent in 1964, the year of the first surgeon general’s wanting against smoking.
“We’ve seen a reduction in smoking percentages for several years now, and I hope that by the year 2000 ... we’re going to begin to see a decline in actual numbers of smoking-attributable illnesses and deaths,” Roper said.
“But that’s heavily dependent on behavior patterns right now,” he said, “and we’re ar- '* *»s to get the message especially to young people
Drug war drawn for Andean nations
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three big prospective winners in President Bush’s drug war strategy next year arc the Andean countries that supply much of the world’s cocaine.
In the $11.7 billion anti-drug budget Bush proposed Thursday for the fiscal year beginning Oct. I, almost $500 million — a 34 percent increase from this year — is to be spent on aid to Bolivia, Colombia and Peru.
The plan reflects an overall 11 percent increase, far above the 6.1 percent inflation rate, despite budget pressures caused by the Persian Gulf
War and an economic recession.
In general, the strategy follows a previously sci multifaceted attack on drug abuse, stressing law enforcement here and abroad while promoting treatment and prevention efforts.
“The strategy is comprehensive,” Bush said in a speech to federal workers. “ ... And the thrust of our strategy remains the same: cutting down the supply and then suppressing the demand.”
Bush said there would be “more resources for cooperative efforts with our Latin American allies who arc helping to stop the drug trade at the
Unclear, however, how much of this year’s aid, much less next year’s, might actually be spent. The recipients must first demonstrate solid efforts to eradicate the drug trade. About 57 percent of the 1992 funds, $285.5 million, is for such assistance.
Funds for Peru are being kept in a special account as U.S. and Peruvian officials try to reach agreement on anti-drug plans, said John P. Walters, acting director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. If they reach no agreement, the money will be spent on neighboring countries, he said.
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