Smoking still accounts for 3 in every 10 cancer deaths in U.S.

Smoking still accounts for 3 in every 10 cancer deaths in U.S.

The number of cigarette smokers in the U.S. has tumbled to new lows but the habit still accounts for 3 out of every 10 cancer deaths, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) said in its latest report.

According to the CDC report, the number of cigarette smokers dropped from 21 per cent of American adults or 45 million people in 2005 to 15 per cent or 37 million people in 2015. However, as many as 40 per cent of cancers and 30 per cent of cancer deaths are still being caused by tobacco use.

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the federal agency, said, “Although smoking rates are at an all-time low, tobacco causes cancer of at least 12 parts of the body, accounts for three in 10 cancer deaths, and will kill 6 million current smokers unless we implement programs that help them quit.”

A separate report released indicated that roughly 660,000 people in the country were diagnosed with a tobacco-related cancer every year between 2009 and 2013, and nearly 343,000 of them died.

Besides causing lung cancer, tobacco use can lead to tumors of the mouth and throat, voice box, stomach, pancreas, kidney, liver, bladder, colon, cervix and rectum, as well as a type of blood cancer known as acute myeloid leukemia. In addition to causing deadly cancers, smoking boosts risks of heart attacks, strokes and the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


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