Thursday, December 1, 2016

Smoking is By Far the Biggest Risk Factor for Disease and Death

Smoking is responsible for 29% of all cancers—lung, throat, stomach, liver, colon, pancreas, and kidney cancers.  Smoking is the biggest risk factor for heart disease.  Chronic Lung Disease is directly related to smoking in most cases.  40 million people in the U.S. continue to smoke, putting themselves at risk as well as loved ones from second-hand smoke.  Our present strategy of gradually increasing the taxes on tobacco and limiting the places where smoking is allowed is not working.  Cigarettes are dangerous, and they should be outlawed.

See the October Issue of JAMA Internal Medicine.

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