Two research confirms that, on average, the life of smokers is more than 10% lower than that of nonsmokers. Cases smoke.

Smokers die twelve years earlier than nonsmokers. This means that the life of smokers is more than ten percent lower than non-smokers. No other preventable cause of illness and death is more important than smoking. This is the clear message of two new studies investigating the overall impact of smoking: the study by Dr. Michael Thun and Dr. Prabbat Jha ​​study, published in January this year, but being spread especially since 31 last May, on the occasion of World No Snuff.

Results of the studies of Drs. Thun and Jha on smoking

In the U.S., the snuff is the leading cause of preventable illness and death. In 2011, it is estimated that 19% of U.S. adults were cigarette smokers. This indicates progress, regarding the absence of more than 40% a few decades ago. But for those who smoke, diseases that lead to death are common. Death rates from smoking are almost 3 times higher than non-smokers and there is essentially no difference between men and women. People who smoke are up to six times more likely to suffer a heart attack than nonsmokers, and the risk increases with the number of cigarettes smoked. Quitting smoking reduces death rates very substantially and quit before age 40 can eliminate the relative risk of early death.

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Cigarette smoking, cardiovascular disease, COPD and lung cancer

Cigarette smoking causes an estimated 443,000 deaths each year in the U.S., including approximately 49,000 deaths due to exposure to smoke “second-hand” (passive smoking). Smoking also causes most cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women in the U.S.: 90% of the lung cancer deaths among men and 80% of lung cancer deaths among women are due to smoking at the time of developing the disease or have smoked in the past.

Certain diseases, such as ischemic heart disease(heart attacks and is related to coronary artery disease), stroke (CVA), chronic lung disease and lung cancer, have been clearly linked to smoking: these conditions represent the cause of death of approximately 60% of smokers.

Smoking and other cancers

Besides smoking predisposes to many other types of cancer, including cancers of the throat, mouth, nasal cavity, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, cervix and acute myeloid leukemia. The likelihood that a young person will live to age 80 is 70% in non-smokers, but only 35% in smokers. Put another way, a smoker loses about 11 (women) to 12 (men) years of life compared with nonsmokers. Unfortunately and in time, the report of the National Cancer Institute U.S. of 2011 confirmed that almost 16% of high school students smoke cigarettes.