Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, causing more than 400,000 deaths each year.
- Heart Disease is the most common cause of death among tobacco users. Although there are other contributing factors, tobacco acts in many ways to contribute to heart disease. Tobacco is the largest controllable risk factor for heart disease.
- Tobacco directly causes 87% of lung cancer. Men who smoke increase their risk of dying from lung cancer more than 22 times. Women who smoke increase their risk by nearly 12 times.
- Every year over 179,000 people die of smoking related heart disease. Over 159,000 die of cancer. Over 80,000 people die of other smoking related causes, ranging from emphysema to fires.
Each year, smoking kills more people than AIDS, alcohol, drug abuse, car crashes, murder, suicides, and fires -- combined!
Sources: Center for Disease Control, American Lung Association, American Heart Association
July 28, 2000