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Diseases and Death

Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body. This insidious habit not only puts smokers at risk of life-threatening illnesses such as lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke but also contributes to chronic conditions that severely reduce the quality of life. The detrimental effects extend beyond the smoker, endangering the health of those exposed to secondhand smoke, including children and nonsmokers. By choosing to quit smoking and encouraging others to do the same, individuals and communities can pave the way for a healthier future. Embracing smoking cessation and promoting healthier living are vital steps toward reducing the burden of tobacco-related diseases and fostering a supportive, health-conscious society.

Have a look at the CDC’s list of facts

  • More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking.
  • For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness.
  • Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
  • Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Smoking is a known cause of erectile dysfunction in males.
  • Worldwide, tobacco use causes more than 7 million deaths per year. If the pattern of smoking all over the globe doesn’t change, more than 8 million people a year will die from diseases related to tobacco use by 2030.
  • Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.
  • On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.
  • If smoking continues at the current rate among U.S. youth, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. This represents about one in every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger who are alive today.

Quitting smoking can significantly reduce these risks and improve overall well-being. There are numerous resources and support systems available to help individuals break free from nicotine addiction. By taking advantage of these aids, you can overcome the addiction, enhance your quality of life, and protect yourself and your loved ones from the harmful effects of smoking. Don’t wait—reach out for help today and start your journey towards a smoke-free, healthier future.

Research shows that flavored tobacco products are disproportionately used by young people, with flavors like fruit and mint being particularly popular. Understanding these trends is crucial for crafting effective public health policies. The Minnesota State Legislature is assessing a proposal to end sales of all flavored tobacco products that appeal to the youth. Polls show that 62% of Minnesotans support the proposal, and 33% are in opposition. Learn more about the flavor ban at: https://www.smokefreegenmn.org/issues/flavoring/

Reference:https://archive.cdc.gov/www_cdc_gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/diseases-and-death.html

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