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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:
    • Infertility
    • Preterm delivery
    • Stillbirth
    • 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

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