Smoking’s costly toll
- In the United States, smoking is directly responsible for about 90 percent of lung cancer deaths in men, almost 80 percent of lung cancer deaths in women, and 80 to 90 percent of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease deaths. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthma.
- Chronic lung disease accounts for 73 percent of smoking-related conditions among current smokers, and 50 percent of smoking-related conditions among former smokers.
- Secondhand smoke is responsible for approximately 3,400 lung cancer deaths in adult nonsmokers annually in the United States.
- Smoking by parents is associated with a wide range of health conditions in their children, including asthma. Secondhand smoke causes more than an estimated 202,000 asthma episodes each year.
- People who smoke are 10 to 20 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke. The longer a person smokes and the more cigarettes smoked each day, the higher the risk.