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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Smoking and Tobacco
How many people die...
How many people die because of tobacco in US?
According to the American Cancer Society's "Tobacco-Related Cancers Fact Sheet," tobacco use is 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)
The American Cancer Society's website www.Cancer.org is an excellent source of information for statistics on tobacco-related deaths and illnesses. The Center for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov is another good source.
Kathy Vesha, RN, BSN, MA
The Ohio State University