Smoking’s Effects Go Beyond Lung Cancer

In case you haven’t heard, cigarettes are bad for you. But in a recent Fox News article, research in the international journal BMC Medicine was published with the proven statistic that at least two-thirds of the people who smoke are killed by their addiction – 67 percent.

A new study ties 60,000 to 120,000 deaths each year in the United States are probably due to tobacco use. The study by the American Cancer Society and several universities is published in the Feb. 12 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. It looks beyond lung cancer, also adding heart disease, breast cancer and prostate cancer to the list of cancers caused by smoking.

Also, according to this study, smokers are likely to die 10 years earlier than non-smokers, which is true for both men and women alike.

This research was supported by the National Heart Foundation of Australia in collaboration with major 45 and Up Study partner Cancer Council NSW and was conducted by a national and international team. It also found that compared with non-smokers, smoking just 10 cigarettes a day doubles the risk of dying and smoking a pack a day increases the risk four- to five-fold.

On the bright side, this study has also proven that it really is never too late to quit the habit.

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