Re: Risk mitigation (Was:Re: Mega-Tsunami..)

From: Dan Clemmensen (
Date: Tue Sep 04 2001 - 19:53:19 MDT

Dan Clemmensen wrote:

> Mitchell, Jerry (3337) wrote:

>> P.S. I would think that aging and aging illnesses would get the most
>> attention at this point. Nice transumanist line of thought in here I
>> think.
>> :)
> Nope. I think the big five contributors (in decreasing order of
> cost-effectiveness of intervention) are:
> Smoking
> Alcohol
> Eating habits
> Driving
> Firearms
> I'll check the CDC web site and send an update if I guessed wrong.
> Note that with the possible exception of driving, the risky behaviors
> are considered voluntary, so we have the classic civil liberties
> problems here: education is the nominal correct answer.

Check out table 1 in the following:

I'll keep looking.

This is not one-to-one with the risk factors I listed, and I forgot
  A big one: cancer. Smoking, Alcohol, and (to a much lesser extent)
eating and other lifestyle habits contribute to cancer as well as the
big heart disease category. AIDS is bigger than I remembered, but still
quite small as a percentage.

Conclusion: If you want the biggest return for your tax dollar, spend
it on educating the public about these risks, or simply flatly outlaw

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