- Tobacco use is directly responsible for more than 25 causes of death.
- Estimates are that 4 million people will die of tobacco-related illnesses
worldwide this year; by the 2020's, the death toll will increase to 10 million
deaths per year.
- In the US, cigarette smoking accounts for approximately 300,000 to 430,000
deaths (that's more than 10 times as many as die from breast cancer).
- Nearly 1 in 5 deaths in the US are related to smoking.
- Between one third and one half of all smokers will die prematurely of a
disease caused by their tobacco use.
- Half of all heart related causes of death in women YOUNGER than 65 are due
to cigarette smoking.
- One out of 3 cancer deaths are related to smoking.
- While smoking overall has decreased more than 40% since 1965, lung cancer
deaths among women have increased 150% between 1974-1994 compared to only
a 20% increase in men.
- Tobacco use does not just cause lung cancer:† it is linked to cancers of
the mouth and throat, esophagus, pancreas, bladder, breast and cervix.
- Lung cancer surpassed breast cancer in 1987 as the leading cancer killer
- Nearly 3,000 youths (under 18) begin to smoke regularly in the US each day.†
- 9 out of 10 smokers report that they started smoking before age 18.
- US cigarette use peaked in 1965 when 42% of adults smoked (50% of men and
32% of women).
- In 1997, nearly 25% of American adults (one in 4) smoked cigarettes:† 28%
of men and 22% of women.
- Smoking is more common among individuals with less education and lower income.
- Smoking prevalence varies by race:† 34% of Native American adults smoke;
26% of African American adults smoke; 25% of Caucasian American adults smoke;
20% of Hispanic American adults smoke; and 17% of Asian American adults smoke.
- Parental smoking is one of the strongest risk factors for children and teens
beginning to smoke.†
- Women who smoke during pregnancy have babies that weigh, on average, 7 ounces
less than babies of nonsmoking mothers.† These babies show nicotine levels
in their blood equal to adult levels. . .and they go through nicotine withdrawal
in their first days of life.
- Mothers who smoke have children with significantly higher rates of ear infections,
even when the mothers report that they "never" smoke in front of the child.
- SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) occurs more often in babies of smoking
- Women who smoke are twice as likely to lose their vision, even after they
- Women who smoke are 4 times as likely to have serious side effects from
birth control pills.
- Nicotine is not only addictive, it is more addictive than most narcotics.
- The economic burden of tobacco use in the US is huge:† the annual toll of
tobacco use is $50 billion in health care costs and $50 billion in indirect
costs to society.
- 351,564 American children under age 18 will start smoking in 2001 alone; of
these, 112,501 will eventually die from a smoking related illness.
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Source:† JAMA 8/9/00; facts on file, American Cancer Society
Created: 11/10/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.
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