Health Effects Infographics
Women and Smoking
- Equality in smoking and disease, nobody wins!
- Nearly 20 million women and girls in the United States smoke cigarettes.
- During the sixties and seventies tobacco companies targeted women.
- Women who smoke are more likely to die from C.O.P.D. than men who smoke.
- Women over age 35 who smoke have a slightly higher risk of dying from heart disease than men who smoke.
- More than 200,000 women die every year from smoking-related disease compared with 270,000 men who die from smoking-related disease every year.
Source: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014.
Annual Deaths Attributable to Cigarette Smoking—United States, 2005–2009
* Average annual number of deaths 2005–2009
Source: 2014 Surgeon General's Report, Table 12.4, page 660 [PDF–2.71 MB].
The infographic above shows the estimated average annual number of smoking-attributable deaths in the United States during 2005 through 2009 by specific causes, as follows:
- Total: more than 480,000 deaths
- Lung cancer: 138,000 deaths
- Other cancers: 36,000 deaths
- Coronary Heart Disease: 133,300 deaths
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: 100,600 deaths
- Stroke: 15,300 deaths
- Other diagnoses: 56,800 deaths
- Page last reviewed: February 18, 2016
- Page last updated: February 18, 2016
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