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Smoking and Tobacco

People dying each year

03/10/2006

Question:

how many people die fromsmoking each year? and how many people die from 2nd hand smoke each year?

Answer:

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).

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:

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

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Response by:

Kathy Vesha, RN, BSN, MA
Formerly:
Kick It!
The James
The Ohio State University