Some claim that about 10 million people in the United States have died from causes attributed to smoking (including heart disease, emphysema, and other respiratory diseases) since the first Surgeon General’s report on smoking and health in 1964 with 2 million of these deaths the result of lung cancer alone. In fact, they like to say that “Cigarette smoking is the single most preventable cause of premature death in the United States.”
- The results of this study support health warnings that there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke
- Together, these findings indicate that smoking even a small number of cigarettes per day has substantial negative health effects and provide further evidence that smoking cessation benefits all smokers, regardless of how few cigarettes they smoke.
- Even people who said they smoked an average of less than one cigarette a day had a 64 percent higher risk of dying early than nonsmokers, the researchers found.
“Even extremely light smoking — as little as one cigarette a day — can greatly increase someone’s risk of dying early, government researchers reported Monday.”