Annual Smoking-Attributable Mortality in USA

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Annual Smoking-Attributable Mortality in USA

August 17, 2005

During 1997-2001, cigarette smoking and exposure to tobacco smoke resulted in approximately 438,000 premature deaths in the United States, 5.5 million years of potential life lost, and $92 billion in productivity losses annually.

The three leading specific causes of smoking-attributable death were lung cancer (123,836), COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease] (90,582), and ischemic heart disease (86,801). Smoking during pregnancy resulted in an estimated 910 infant deaths annually during 1997-2001.

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Annual Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Productivity Losses—United States, 1997-2001
JAMA. 2005;294:788-789.


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