Cigarette smoking significantly dropped among American adults: CDC

Cigarette smoking significantly dropped among American adults: CDC

Cigarette smoking among American adults has significantly dropped in the decade through 2015, but it still it continues to account for a big number of cancer deaths in the nation, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reported.

In its newly released report, the federal agency stated that cigarette smoking dropped from 21 per cent of U.S. adults or 45 million people in 2005 to 15 per cent of adults or 37 million people in 2015.

However, the report underlined that as many as 40 per cent of cancers and 30per cent cancer deaths may still be linked to tobacco use.

During a media briefing, CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden 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.”

Besides causing lung cancer, tobacco use has been linked to tumors of the mouth and throat, as well as damages in esophagus, kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder, rectum, cervix and colon. Tobacco use can also cause acute myeloid leukemia, a kind of blood cancer. In addition, it contributes to heart attacks and strokes.

However, the new CDC report is quite encouraging as it has shown cigarette smoking at its lowest level since the agency started collecting data in 1965.


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