Cigarette smoking and mortality in Japan: The Miyagi Cohort Study

Atsushi Hozawa, Takayoshi Ohkubo, Junko Yamaguchi, Takashi Ugajin, Yayoi Koizumi, Yoshikazu Nishino, Yoshitaka Tsubono, Daisuke Shibuya, Ichiro Tsuji, Akira Fukao, Shigeru Hisamichi

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Background: We examined the association between smoking and all-cause mortality among Japanese men and women. Methods: In 1990, 18,945 men and 17,107 women in Miyagi Prefecture in rural northern Japan (40-64 year of age) completed a self-administered questionnaire including items on smoking. Cox regression was used to estimate relative risk (RR) of mortality according to smoking categories, with adjustment for age, education, marital status, past history of diseases, drinking, body mass index, walking, and dietary variables. During 11 years of follow-up, 1,209 men and 499 women had died. Results: Multivariate RRs of all-cause mortality for current smokers as compared with never smokers were 1.71 (95% confidence interval, 1.44-2.03) for men and 1.44 (95% confidence interval, 1.06-1.94) for women. Among men, risk in past smokers who had quit smoking for 15 years or longer was not different from the risk in never smokers (RR, 0.97; 95% confidence interval, 0.68-1.39). Of all deaths, 34% in men and 4% in women were attributable to current or past smoking. Conclusion: This study indicates that smoking increases the risk of premature death among middle-aged Japanese men and women and that substantial proportion of death, especially for men, is attributable to smoking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S12-S17
Journaljournal of epidemiology
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • Cigarette smoking
  • Mortality
  • Population attributable fraction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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