September 02, 2014
Surprising Tobacco Death Rates

Surprising Tobacco Death Rates

by Berkeley Wellness  |  

Tobacco kills more Americans than previously estimated—about 480,000 a year, up from 443,000—according to a report from the Surgeon General. And it contributes to more diseases than previously recognized, including diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunction and vision loss.

Though smoking rates have dropped by more than half since the 1950s, the declines have leveled off in recent years. And while smokers today smoke fewer cigarettes, on average, than their earlier counterparts, they’re at higher risk for lung diseases, probably because of ventilated filters (which lead to deeper puffing) and tobacco blends that contain higher levels of some carcinogens.