Smoking linked to thousands of deaths yearly

(ABC)– A new report shows just how many Americans die from cancers associated with smoking.

The new numbers only enforce what doctors have been saying for years now.

Stop smoking — it’s a message that has been echoed since the Surgeon General cautioned against the hazards of cigarettes in 1964.  Back the, more than two in five Americans were smokers.  Today, fewer than one in five are – that’s the good news.

The bad news revealed in a new report is that smoking still contributes to an estimated 170 thousand deaths from cancer in the U.S. every year.  Most of these cancers in the lungs and throat but a significant proportion of these deaths from cancers, less obviously linked to lighting up, like cancers of the bladder, liver and mouth.

The researchers also caution that their numbers do not take into account second hand smoke and the non-smokers whose cancers came from someone else’s habit.

170 thousand deaths a year is a national tragedy.  But it is preventable a one.  And the first step in saving these lives is putting out that cigarette for good.

For more information about smoking and and ways you can quit – log onto smokefree.gov.

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