Complete book chapter on health effects of cigarettes.
Cigarettes are the leading cause of an infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis.
Statistics don't tell the whole story of tobacco disease and death. That's why PBS is running a program on Pam Laffin, a woman who tells her own story of emphysema caused by tobacco products. The story of how she got started smoking, how she discovered she had the disease, and how she lives her live now with one lung, is more compelling sometimes than any amount of statistics.
Personal stories of people who died from cigarette smoking.
For SCI survivors who smoke there's even more bad news and more ill health effects than general population.
The facts on tobacco products and cancer of the larynx, lung, and mouth, emphysema, epidemology, and how to quit; information and graphic pictures from a Kentucky physician.
"Tobacco use is the nation's deadliest addiction. Smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Over 400,000 Americans die every year from tobacco use. More people die from tobacco than from AIDS, car accidents, alcohol, suicides, homicides, fires, and illegal drugs combined." Summary of the effects of tobacco use.
The World Health Organization (WHO) summarizes the situation worldwide: "each year, tobacco causes about 3.5 million deaths throughout the world; this will increase to 10 million annual deaths during the 2020s, with seven million of these deaths occurring in developing countries. Half of these unnecessary deaths are occurring in middle age (35-69), robbing those killed of around 22 years of life."
Firsthand accounts of what it is like to live with the diseases caused by cigarettes.
Tobacco use actually claims more lives via tobacco-caused diseases other than cancer.