The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released a report this week stating that tobacco use is the most preventable cause of cancer, and that 40% of US cancer cases are linked to its use. It is estimated that currently there are more than 36 million smokers in the US. For in depth information, go to the CDC Cancer and Tobacco Use page. They also point out that tobacco smoke has at least 70 chemicals that cause cancer (carcinogens), and that exposure to secondhand smoke also causes cancer and thousands of deaths each year. From Medical Xpress;
Tobacco use remains the most preventable cause of cancer, and 40 percent of diagnosed US cancer cases may have a link to its use, health authorities said Thursday. Lung cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, and tumors of the mouth and throat, voice box, esophagus, stomach, kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder, cervix, colon and rectum are all caused by tobacco use, according the report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC Vital Signs report found that every year from 2009 to 2013, about 660,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with a cancer related to tobacco use. About 343,000 people died each year from these cancers. "Three in ten cancer deaths were due to cigarette smoking," said the report. Lung cancer is the top cause of tobacco related smoking, followed by colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.