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Smoking & Tobacco use :: Fact Sheet :: Office on Smoking and Health CDC


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Morbidity and Mortality (Related to Tobacco Use)

Tobacco and Disease

  • Tobacco use causes—
    • Cancer
    • Heart disease
    • Lung diseases (including emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction)
  • Cigarette smoking increases the length of time that people live with a disability by about 2 years.
  • For every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, 20 more people suffer with at least one serious illness from smoking.

Tobacco and Death


  • Tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year.
  • Current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030.
  • On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.

In the United States

  • Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death.
  • Cigarette smoking is responsible for about one in five deaths annually, or about 443,000 deaths per year.
  • An estimated 49,000 of tobacco-related deaths are the result of secondhand smoke exposure.