Smoking takes More Lives of Americans than Previously Thought

Smoking takes More Lives of Americans than Previously Thought

More number of Americans dies due to smoking than previously thought, finds a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

As per the US surgeon general, 480,000 Americans lose their lives every year due to one of the 21 reasons of death linked with smoking. But as per the researchers, the exact number could be at least 575,000.

The researchers have evaluated the data from five health studies. Mostly people who lost their lives between 2000 and 2011 were more likely than non-smokers to have died from officially linked smoking-related disease.

The reasons include stroke, different types of cancer, almost all types of heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. All these diseases were those from which people who smoked lost their lives from.

However, 17% of deaths among female smokers and 15% of deaths among male smokers had different reasons. Dr. Graham Colditz, an epidemiologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said that current estimates about number of people losing their lives due to smoking have significantly underestimated the effect of smoking on society.

In the evaluation part, the researchers looked at nearly 1 million Americans aged 55 and older. The researchers also tracked the participants’ health for around 10 years. They also compared deaths from different reasons among smokers, non-smokers and former smokers.

Death rate was two to three times more among current smokers than people who have never smoked. It was noted that death rates in smokers were twice as high from other conditions including kidney failure, infections, liver cirrhosis and some other respiratory diseases.

The new study suggests quitting the habit. The risk of dying reduces if people who quit smoking. The longer ago people quite habit, the greater the drop in risk.

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