Smoking tied to 14 million major medical cases: study
Silver Spring, MD – American adults suffered about 14 million major medical conditions related to smoking in 2009, according to a new report from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Researchers found that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a common lung disease that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, represented the largest number of smoking-related cases American adults experienced – an estimated 7.5 million cases in 2009.
Other smoking-related medical conditions included:
- 2.3 million heart attacks
- 1.8 million cases of diabetes
- 1.2 million strokes
- 983,000 cases of cancer other than lung cancer
- 305,000 cases of lung cancer
Researchers examined data for U.S. adults 35 and older from the 2009 Census Bureau, the 2006-2012 National Health Interview Survey and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
The research was published online Oct. 13 in JAMA Internal Medicine.