Smoking Attributable Deaths
By the Virginia Tobacco Use Control Project (TUCP), Virginia Department of Health.
Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Each year, smoking causes approximately 400,000 deaths in the United States plus 38,000 deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke.1 This is one-in-five deaths in the U.S. Smoking causes more deaths each year than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. According to the CDC and the National Cancer Institute, cigarette smoking increases your risk for developing and dying from several diseases, including cancer, heart disease, and lung diseases. For every one person who dies from smoking, there are 20 people who have smoking-caused disease and disability. Approximately 8.6 million people suffer from a smoking-related chronic disease in the United States.
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