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Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in our society During 1995 approximately 21 million people in developed countries died as a result of smoking One tobacco use is responsible for nearly one in five deaths in the United States Lung Cancer mortality are about 23 times higher for current male smokers and 13 times higher for current female smokers compared to a lifelong never-smoker In addition to being responsible for 87 of lung cancers smoking is also associated with cancers of the mouth pharynx larynx esophagus pancreas uterine cervix kidney and bladder Smoking accounts for at least 29 of all cancer deaths is a major cause of heart disease and is associated with conditions ranging from colds and gastric ulcers to chronic bronchitis emphysema and cerebrovascular disease Women have a better chance in getting lung cancer then men do This year the disease will kill 68000 women in the United States more than one and a half times as many as breast cancer Even if a woman smoked for awhile and quit her chances are much greater then a man that smoked 2 times longer then the woman did Scientists still dont know all the reasons why this happens With 23 million women still smoking Lung cancer will remain a deadly epidemic threatening the lives of millions of womenSecond hand smoke also called environmental tobacco smoke ETS is a human carcinogen Each year about 3000 nonsmoking adults die of lung cancer as a result breathing the smoke of others cigarettes Second hand smoking causes an estimated 35000 to 40000 deaths from heart disease in people who are not current smokers It also causes respiratory problems in nonsmokers such as coughing phlegm chest discomfort and reduced lung function Each year exposure to secondhand smoke causes 150000 to 300000 lower respiratory tract infections in US infants and children younger then 18 months of age These infections result in 7500 to 15000 hospitalizations every year Children
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