Every day 28 Missourians die due to
tobacco use, which means 10,300 people die each year from smoking.
From 1988 to 1998, smoking was
responsible for 115,458 deaths in Missouri. Of these deaths, 41% were
due to heart disease, 35% to different cancers, 23% to respiratory
conditions and under 1% to perinatal deaths and death from burns.
Smoking was responsible for 70
percent of all cancer deaths and nearly 19 percent of cardiovascular
disease deaths in Missouri in 1995.
Smokers have a 50 percent greater
chance of contracting a deadly form of adult leukemia.
According to a study, smokers have a
70 percent greater risk of suffering from hearing loss than nonsmokers.
Smoking increases the chance of
developing cataracts and other eye diseases.
develop skin cancer are more likely to die of their disease than
the risk of duodenal ulcers, Crohn's Disease and colon polyps.
the chance of developing colorectal, bladder, kidney and pancreatic
sperm motility and normal development, increasing chances of
infertility, miscarriage and birth defects.
Cigarette smoking is a major cause of heart disease among both men and
women. Smokers have twice the risk of heart attacks than nonsmokers.
smoke more than a pack of cigarettes per day are nearly twice as likely
as nonsmokers to develop diabetes.