Smoking has been known to be quite the criminal when it comes to killing. Yet a new study from the New England Journal of Medicine published just last Thursday shows smoking has killed more people than originally thought.
The new number of confirmed deaths shows the previous count to be woefully understated. U.S. surgeon general state that from a list of 21 causes of deaths, Americans are more likely to die of smoking, which has been attributed with 480,000 deaths. The new study shows that there are more Americans who have actually died, nearly 575,000.
Researchers have been examining data from five large studies that concerned health issues and discovered that, based on the deaths caused by smoking from 2000 to 2011, most were related to smoking. Smoking related deaths include stroke, various types of cancer, nearly all kinds of heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Those diseases that were mentioned are believed to be the main cause of death for people who have smoked for most of their lives. The earlier a person in life started smoking, the greater the chances of death at an early age. Another interesting discovery was that 17 percent of death in female smokers and 15 percent of male smokers were a little different. It was found out that in almost every case, the diseases in the male group would definitely kill smokers, as opposed to those that did not smoke, researchers said.
For instance: a person may be twice at twice the risk of getting an infection if he is a smoker compared to a nonsmoker. The more a person smokes, the greater the risk of getting an infection. This is matches the knowledge that cigarette smoke is known to prevent immune functions, making a person more prone to infections and diseases. Researchers say that the surgeon general’s record should be altered since “our results suggest that the number of persons in the United States who die each year as a result of smoking cigarettes may be substantially greater than currently estimated.”