# Poisson regression with large data: is it wrong to change the unit of measurement?

Due to the factorial in a poisson distribution, it becomes unpractical to estimate poisson models (for example, using maximum likelihood) when the observations are large. So, for example, if I am trying to estimate a model to explain the number of suicides in a given year (only annual data are available), and say, there are thousands of suicides every year, is it wrong to express suicides in hundreds, so that 2998 would be 29.98 ~= 30? In other words, is it wrong to change the unit of measurement to make the data manageable?