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Monday, March 10, 2014
Smoking and Tobacco
People dying each year
how many people die fromsmoking each year? and how many people die from 2nd hand smoke each year?
According to the American Cancer Society's "Tobacco-Related Cancers Fact Sheet," tobacco use was responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths, or an estimated 440,000 deaths per year during 1995-1999 (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2004).
In 2004, more than 180,000 cancer deaths will be caused by tobacco use. (Source: Cancer Prevention and Early Detection 2004).
- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the US for both men and women. (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2004)
- Lung cancer is the most preventable form of cancer death in our society. (Source: Cancer Facts & Figures 2004)
- 87% of lung cancer deaths can be attributed to tobacco use. (Source: Cancer Prevention and Early Detection 2004)
- Besides lung cancer, tobacco use also causes increased risk for cancer of the oral cavity, nasal cavities, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder, uterine cervix, and myeloid leukemia. (Source: Cancer Prevention and Early Detection 2004)
Also, according to the American Cancer Society, secondhand smoke can be harmful in many ways. In the United States alone, each year it is responsible for:
- an estimated 35,000 to 40,000 deaths from heart disease in people who are not current smokers
- about 3,000 lung cancer deaths in nonsmoking adults
- other respiratory problems in nonsmokers, including coughing, phlegm, chest discomfort, and reduced lung function
The American Cancer Society is an excellent source of information. Their website is: www.cancer.org
Another excellent source for statistics is the Center for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/tobacco
Kathy Vesha, RN, BSN, MA
The Ohio State University