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Some Harsh Statistics On Smoking

  • In 2001, COPD was the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, resulting in more than 118,000 deaths.

  • The average number of lung cancer deaths from 1995 to 1999 attributable to tobacco use was 124,0000. A total of 440,000 people died by smoking or other form of tobacco use- about 20% of all deaths in the U.S.

  • Second hand smoke causes 3,000 cancer deaths and 300,000 sufferers from respiratory tract infections each year.

  • Medical cost from tobacco use exceeds $75,000,000,000 per year.

  • Productivity loss is greater than $80,000,000,000 per year.

  • Smoking during pregnancy results in lower birth weight, which is associated with sudden infant death syndrome.


  • CDC Annual Smoking- Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and the Economic Cost- United States- 1995-1999. MMWR 2002; 51(14): 300-3.

  • The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General- 2004- United States Public Health Service.

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