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Public Enemy Number One: Tobacco or Obesity?

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Science  07 May 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5672, pp. 804
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5672.804

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A recent report claimed that obesity may soon displace tobacco as the biggest cause of avoidable death in the United States, but some researchers dismiss this prediction, saying the underlying data are weak.