Report: Smoking Causes 443,000 Deaths In The U.S. Each Year

Posted on Feb 1, 2009 in Health & Wellness


Friday, Jan 23, 2009 @06:05am CST


(Atlanta, GA)  —  Smoking kills.  There’s not much debate about the fact and a newly released CDC report suggests tobacco is killing 443,000 Americans every year.

   In the weekly CDC Morbidity and Mortality Report posted on the center’s Website, cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke is also blamed for 5.1-million-years of potential life lost every year in the U.S. between 2000 and 2004.

   Adjusted for population the state by state breakdown shows the highest rate of illness and mortality linked to cigarettes is in Kentucky and West Virginia.

   Those states are followed by Nevada, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Indiana and Missouri.

   The lowest mortality rate from tobacco use is in Utah with roughly a third as many deaths as in Kentucky.

   The report, detailed at, does include some encouraging news.

   Between an earlier report for the years 1996 to 1999 and the current one that includes statistics up to 2004, 49 states and the District of Columbia all reported declines in deaths from smoking.

   The declines were larger among men then among women.

   Other studies have found links between smoking and many other medical issues including hot flashes in women and mid-life memory loss.

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