The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified the following about cigarette consumption:
- As demonstrated in the image above, smoking harms nearly every organ of the body
- Smoking causes more than 480,000 death each year in the United States, representing the leading preventable cause of death in the country
- Smoking increases risk of developing lung cancer by 25 times for men
- Causes stroke and coronary heart disease
- Causes lung disease by damaging airways
- Causes laryngeal cancer in men
- Probably cause of lung cancer in women
- Leading cause of chronic bronchitis
- 8 million Americans live with serious illnesses caused by smoking
“Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 06 Feb. 2014. Web. <http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/effects_cig_smoking/>.
“History of the Surgeon General’s Reports on Smoking and Health.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 06 July 2009. Web. <http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/history/>.