Health Effects of Tobacco



Smoking is the single most preventable cause of mortality, responsible for one in every six deaths.
Every 13 seconds, someone dies from tobacco.
There are over 400,000 deaths caused by smoking each year in the United States.
Smoking causes more deaths every year than fires, automobile crashes, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, AIDS, murders and suicides COMBINED.
Smoking causes nearly 90% of all lung cancer and throat cancer.
Smoking causes 32% of fatal cancers, 21% of fatal heart disease adn 88% of fatal chronic lung disearse.
Lung cancer has surpassed breast cancer as the leading cancer killer among women.
Smoking is associated with cancers of the mouth, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, uterus, cervix, kidney and bladder.
Smoking is the principle cause of coronary heart disease - the most common cause of death in the United States.
Smoking causes atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and stroke.
People who smoke a pack a cigarettes a day have more than twice the risk of heart attack as compared to people who have never smoked. And people who smoke two or more packs have a risk of heart attack three times greater.
Passive smoke, commonly referred to as second-hand smoke (or environmental tobacco smoke), kills some 50,000 Americans each year, making it the third-leading cause of preventable death.
One nonsmoker dies of second-hand smoke for every eight smokers.

 [source: Compiled from literature published by the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association]