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Smoking Kills 443,000 Yearly

By on November 8, 2012

Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung diseases, including emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction. For every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, 20 more people suffer with at least one serious illness from smoking.

A report published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report said smoking was estimated to cost the  United States $96 billion in direct medical expenses and $97 billion in lost  productivity annually. Further, Federal health officials estimate 443,000 U.S. adults died in 2010 from smoking-related illnesses  — the single largest preventable cause of death.

The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health used data from the National Health  Interview Survey to estimate current national cigarette smoking prevalence.

The findings indicated 19% of U.S. adults — 43.8 million — smoked  cigarettes in 2011, down from 19.3% in 2010. Among daily smokers, the  proportion who smoked more than 30 cigarettes per day declined significantly  from 12.6 % in 2005 to 9.1 % in 2011, but the proportion of those  who smoked one to nine cigarettes per day increased significantly, from 16.4% to 22%, the report said.

Of the 43.8 million cigarette smokers on 2011, 77.8% smoked every day,  and 22.2% smoked some days. Secondhand smoke costs more than $10 billion (i.e., health care expenditures, morbidity, and mortality.

Overall, among current smokers and those who had quit during the preceding  year, 51.8% made a quit attempt for more than one day during the  preceding year, the report said. Quitting smoking has immediate as well as long-term benefits for you and your loved ones. For quitting support and resources: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).


One Comment

  1. Edwardo

    September 7, 2014 at 11:40 pm

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    any harmful effects that are often found in traditional smoking.

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    the fact that the fire was the hospital’s fault.

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