Learn the Truth: Tobacco Facts
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in our country, killing 443,000 Americans and 6,500 Louisianans each year. But smoking doesn’t just kill; it leads to long-term suffering. Learn the truth about the negative health effects of tobacco use.
- For every person who dies from tobacco use, another 20 suffer from one or more serious smoking-related illnesses.
- Tobacco smoke hurts anyone who breathes it, including family and friends and children.
- In addition to the human cost, tobacco use takes a devastating toll on our nation’s economic life – costing our economy almost $200 billion a year (nearly $96 billion in healthcare costs and an additional $97 billion in productivity losses).
- Smoking causes an estimated 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women.
- An estimated 90% of all deaths from chronic obstructive lung disease are caused by smoking.
- Compared with non-smokers, smoking is estimated to increase the risk of:
- coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times
- stroke by 2 to 4 times
- men developing lung cancer by 23 times
- women developing lung cancer by 13 times
- dying from chronic obstructive lung diseases by 12 to 13 times
- Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.
- Smoking causes lung cancer, as well as lung diseases such as emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction.
- Smoking also causes the following cancers:
- Acute myeloid leukemia
- Bladder cancer
- Cancer of the cervix
- Cancer of the esophagus
- Kidney cancer
- Cancer of the larynx (voice box)
- Lung cancer
- Cancer of the oral cavity (mouth)
- Pancreatic cancer
- Cancer of the pharynx (throat)
- Stomach cancer
- Smoking has many adverse reproductive and early childhood effects, including increased risk for:
- Preterm delivery
- Low birth weight
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
- Postmenopausal women who smoke have lower bone density than women who never smoked.
- Women who smoke have an increased risk for hip fracture than women who never smoked.
Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention