Black men live to on average 69.8 years. White men live on average 75.7 years. New Record for U.S. Life Expectancy There are 1.6 million blacks between the ages of 65 to 74, accounting for 4.4% of the black population. There are 14.5 million whites between the ages of 65 to 74, accounting for 7.5% of the white population. http://www.census.gov/population/socdemo/race/black/ppl-186/tab1.txt The rate of survivorship is 70% higher at the ages of 65 to 74 for whites than blacks. An equivalent survivorship rate for blacks as whites would imply that 2.7 million blacks between the ages of 65 and 74 should be alive today. In other words, 1.1 million more blacks between the ages of 65 to 74 should be alive today, implying that 110,000 blacks each year die too early relative to whites. There are 36 million blacks in America. This implies a 0.3% mortality rate for blacks between the ages of 65 and 74 relative to the whole black population. Each year, about 440,000 people die from smoking. Cigarette Smoking-Attributable Morbidity --- United States, 2000 The population of the United States is 305 million. The mortality rate from smoking is 0.14%. Thus, being black is more dangerous to your health than smoking. And you know what the lesson of this is, don't you boys and girls: Since being black is a choice, choose not to be black!