How Likely Is Smoking To Kill You?

How likely are you to die from smoking?

For smoking, the message is clear: it really increases your chance of dying.

In fact, being a current smoker has the same effect on the risk of death from all causes combined as adding about 5 to 10 years of age.

Can smoking really kill you?

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Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable illness, killing more than 480,000 Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Globally, tobacco kills about 6 million people a year from cancer, heart disease, lung disease and other illnesses.

What do most smokers die from?

Diseases and Death

For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

How can I smoke and not get cancer?

There’s no sure way to prevent lung cancer, but you can reduce your risk if you:

  • Don’t smoke. If you’ve never smoked, don’t start.
  • Stop smoking. Stop smoking now.
  • Avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Test your home for radon.
  • Avoid carcinogens at work.
  • Eat a diet full of fruits and vegetables.
  • Exercise most days of the week.