Smoking causes more problems than we thought; what a surprise

Researchers have announced that adults in the United States have suffered about 14 million big medical conditions directly connected to smoking.

“Information alone doesn’t change behavior. Studies like this give us more ammunition with the latest evidence-based information. The roughly 14 million conditions could still be an under-estimate”
Scott McIntosh, University of Rochester, October 2014. 

“For each annual death, there are 15 to 20 people living with major disease caused by smoking. Smoking not only will kill you, it will damage your health and make your life worse. Smoking causes diabetes and makes it much worse, people are not aware of that. Millions and millions more people would have suffered and died, or still be suffering with disease, if we hadn’t cut the smoking rate. The message is clear. Quit, quit as early in life as possible, and don’t be afraid to talk to your friends and family who are still smoking”
Terry Pechacek, associate director for science at the office on smoking and health of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, October 2014.

Smoking in the USA:

  • U.S. adults have a combined 14 million smoking-related illnesses every year
  • This number is probably very conservative
  • 2.3 million cases of heart attack
  • 1.3 million cases of cancer
  • 1.2 million cases of stroke
  • 1.8 million cases of diabetes.

“Smoking causes more harm than we previously thought, much of it in chronic pulmonary obstructive disease. When you think about how smoking hurts you, people usually think about deaths first, and then those who are sick. There is much more lifetime illness related to smoking”
Dr. Steven Schroeder, a professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco and head of its Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, October 2014.

Study by Brian L. Rostron for the CDC, on data gathered from two National Health Interview Surveys, or NHIS 2006-2012 analyzed data as published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine on October 12, 2014. 

Posted: Saturday 8 November 2014