Smoking Death Statistics

Quite sadly, smoking death statistics show that roughly one in four people die from cancer in America. Cigarette smoking has been identified as the number one preventable cause of morbidity and premature mortality worldwide.

Statistics from The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society has revealed, on smoking death statistics, that cancer has taken over heart disease as the number one cause of death in Americans under 85. This is because deaths from heart disease are reducing at a greater rate than deaths from cancer.

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I don't want to sound like an alarmist but the smoking death statistics are quite alarming in themselves. Did you know that about half of all Americans who keep smoking will die because of the habit. Each year about 443,600 people in the United States die from illnesses related to tobacco use. Smoking cigarettes kills more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide, and illegal drugs combined. In my opinion, these proven smoking facts are certainly not to be taken lightly.

Cancer Caused by Smoking

Cigarette smoking accounts for at least 30% of all cancer deaths. It is linked with an increased risk of the following cancers:

  • lung
  • larynx (voice box)
  • oral cavity (mouth, tongue, and lips)
  • pharynx (throat)
  • oesophagus (tube connecting the throat to the stomach)
  • stomach
  • pancreas
  • cervix
  • kidney
  • bladder
  • acute leukemia
  • Smoking is responsible for almost 9 out of 10 lung cancer deaths. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in both men and women, and is one of the hardest cancers to treat. Lung cancer is a disease that can often be prevented. Some religious groups that promote non-smoking as part of their religion, such as Mormons and Seventh-day Adventists, have much lower rates of lung cancer and other smoking-related cancers.

    Other Health Problems and Diseases Caused by Smoking

    As serious as cancer is, it accounts for less than half of the deaths related to smoking each year. Smoking is a major cause of heart disease, aneurysms, bronchitis, emphysema, and stroke.

    Using tobacco can damage a woman's reproductive health and hurt babies. Tobacco use is linked with reduced fertility and a higher risk of miscarriage, early delivery (premature birth), and stillbirth. It is also a cause of low birth-weight in infants. It has been linked to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), too.

    Smoking can make pneumonia and asthma worse. Smoking death statistics has been linked smoking to other health problems, including gum disease, cataracts, bone thinning, hip fractures, and peptic ulcers. Some studies have also linked smoking to macular degeneration, an eye disease that can cause blindness.

    Smoking can cause or worsen poor blood flow in the arms and legs (peripheral vascular disease or PVD.) Surgery to improve the blood flow often doesn't work in people who keep smoking. Because of this, many surgeons who work on blood vessels (vascular surgeons) won't do certain surgeries on patients with PVD unless they stop smoking.

    Some studies have found that male smokers may be more likely to be sexually impotent (have erectile dysfunction).

    The smoke from cigarettes (called second hand smoke or environmental tobacco smoke) can also have harmful health effects on those exposed to it. Adults and children can have health problems from breathing second hand smoke.

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