Survey reveals that smoking kills half million Americans annually

April 1st, 2011 - 8:12 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

New York, April 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new survey has concluded that half-a-million Americans die from smoke-related illness each year. That is quite significant considering that smoking has gone down in the United States in recent years.

The research also found that more women than initially thought die of smoking each year. Men however came off worse because they die more than women from smoking each year, the study found.

The authors of the study wrote, “There were an estimated 291,000 smoking-attributable deaths among men and 229,000 such deaths among women annually in the United States from 2002 through 2006. These figures are generally consistent with, but somewhat higher than, published estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, particularly for women.”

The study was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

The researchers studied data on about 250,000 American smokers. The study subjects came from all over the United States. The Center for Disease Control in the United States regrets the many deaths associated with smoking.

CDC in a statement said smoking “single most preventable cause of…death.” The center advises that more investment is needed in the area of cessation which would go a long way to help millions quit smoking.

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