Smoking causes 1 in every 5 deaths in the U.S. every year.
Cigarette smoking is estimated to cause the following:
· More than 480,000 deaths annually (including deaths from secondhand smoke)
· 278,544 deaths annually among men (including deaths from secondhand smoke)
· 201,773 deaths annually among women (including deaths from secondhand smoke)
Cigarette smoking causes premature death:
· Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers.
· Quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from smoking-related disease by about 90%.