Smoking Still Kills In U.S.

  • Tobacco exerts the greatest toll in preventable death, illness, and disability in the United States - compared to all other causes!
  • More than 400,000 deaths per year in the United States (one in every five) are attributable to tobacco use.
  • More than one third of current smokers will die prematurely of a disease caused by their smoking!
  • Because of the lag time between initial tobacco use and the development of tobacco-related diseases, even the most successsful tobacco prevention program will not make a dent in tobacco-related mortality for several decades. The only way to reduce a substantial number of deaths in the first decades of the 21st century is to reduce tobacco use among individuals who have already started to smoke.

We strongly urge all humans not to smoke. If you do smoke, quit now. If friends or family members of yours smoke, encourage them to quit.

For more, please visit the Smoking and Quitting Smoking Center.

Source: Mayo Clinic Proceedings, February 2001, Vol 76.
Last Editorial Review: 12/9/2002