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Quitting smoking takes time and a plan. On Thursday, Nov. 19, we celebrated the 45th annual Great American Smokeout, when individuals, community groups, businesses, health care providers, and others encourage people to make a plan to quit, or begin their smoking cessation effort that day. But, as well all know, any day is a good day to make a plan to quit. Visit cancer.org to find help.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Each year, more than 480,000 Americans die from illnesses caused by smoking. That’s about 1 in 5 deaths in the U.S. each year. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S., accounting for about 30% of all cancer deaths. Smoking is a risk factor for many cancers, including lung, oral, laryngeal, pharyngeal, esophageal, kidney, cervical, liver, bladder, pancreatic, stomach, and colorectal cancers, as well as myeloid leukemias.
While fewer people are smoking cigarettes than several decades ago, about 34.2 million adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes. Certain populations smoke more heavily or at higher rates. And these populations tend to be people who experience inequities in multiple areas of their lives. The burden of tobacco-associated disease is increasingly concentrated among populations experiencing other health inequities, including insufficient access to tobacco cessation services, lung cancer screening, and high-quality treatment for tobacco-associated cancers.
The CDC lists smoking as one of the conditions that might put a person at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.