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Wellness Tip

Cigarette Smoking and Cancer Deaths

by Berkeley Wellness  

Cigarette smoking still causes about three in ten cancer deaths in the U.S.—more than 160,000 each year—even though smoking rates have dropped by half since 1965, according to a study from the American Cancer Society published in November 2014.

That doesn’t include cancer deaths from secondhand smoke or from cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco.

Besides lung cancer, cigarettes cause cancers of the mouth, nose, larynx (voice box), throat, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, kidneys, bladder, cervix, colon, rectum, as well as acute myeloid leukemia. Keep in mind, too, that smoking causes even more deaths from cardiovascular disease than from cancer.