Check Out These Smoking Statistics
Tobacco use is one of the main causes of death in the U.S. and kills 480,000 Americans each year with 41,000 of the deaths due to exposure to secondhand smoke. Commercial cigarettes were first introduced in the early 1900s and were considered a “soldier’s smoke” during World War I. Today, over 55.8 million Americans smoke tobacco, which includes 45 million who smoke cigarettes and 12.4 million cigar smokers, according to cancer.org. As the number one preventive cause of deaths in the U.S., there are a few important smoking statistics that are related to tobacco use.
Over 480,000 deaths are caused every year by cigarette smoking, which is one in five deaths. CDC.gov reports that more than 10 times as many U.S. citizens have died from smoking than in all of the wars that were fought by the U.S. combined.
There are a long list of diseases that are proven to be related to smoking, which often lead to physical ailment and death over time. There are a variety of cancer-related diseases that develop, which includes gastric cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer, throat cancer, esophageal cancer, and tracheal cancer. Smoking can also cause infertility, asthma, early menopause, impaired sense of taste, and impotence.
Studies also show that tobacco use can also lead to heart disease and coronary heart disease. Smoking actually increases the risk of coronary heart disease by two to four times and also increases strokes by two to four times. Women are also 25.7 times more likely to develop lung cancer if they pick up smoking.
Smoking is known to harm every organ in the body and can increase the risk of cataracts, type 2 diabetes mellitus, rheumatoid arthritis, tooth loss, and decreased bone health. This is because the tobacco enters the bloodstream and has a direct impact on each part of the body.
Many people don’t take the medical costs of smoking into consideration when they take on the habit, which is known to costs over $300 billion each year for adults, according to cdc.gov.
According to cancer.org, valuable resources are used to treat smoking-related illnesses and diseases. This makes up over eight percent of all healthcare costs in the country. For every $10 dollars that is spent on healthcare, 90 cents is due to smoking.
Medicare spending is also significantly affected with 9.6 percent of their costs due to smoking-related illnesses. 15.2 percent of Medicaid spending and 32.8 percent of government healthcare spending is due to tobacco use, according to reuters.com. This causes the nation’s health care institutions to suffer, including those that are funded by the public’s tax dollars.
Smoking tobacco not only harms the body and health, but also has a direct impact on work productivity and companies that employ smokers. It’s known to cost employees $6,000 a year with additional $92 billion in losses for companies due to smoke-related illnesses and early retirement. Smokers also have a greater absenteeism than non-smokers and take more breaks during the day to smoke, which impacts work performance.
According to cnn.com, smokers reduce the productivity of a workplace while increasing the risk of lung disease by 17 percent of their colleagues due to exposure to secondhand smoke.
Everybody knows the dangers of smoking, but when you take a look at these smoking statistics, you may be surprised at how costly smoking really is.