Smoking Linked to One-Fourth of Cancer Deaths

Most of the deaths from cancer in the United States can be attributed to smoking, according to a study in JAMA Internal Medicine. In 2014, 167,133 cancer deaths in the U.S. were attributed to smoking (that’s 28.6% of all cancer deaths). There were geographical differences, with the highest death rates due to smoking occurring in the South.

Arkansas led the pack (so to speak), where 40% of cancer deaths were linked to smoking. Utah had the lowest rates, where 22% of the cancer deaths in men, and 11% in women were linked to smoking.

There were also racial disparities. Among men, cancer death rates because of smoking was 35% for blacks, 30% for whites, and 27% for Hispanics. Among women, whites had the highest cancer rates linked smoking (21%) compared to blacks (19%) and Hispanics (12%).

Here are some of the smoking linked cancers: Lung, throat, stomach, liver, colon, pancreas and kidney cancers, as well as leukemia.

Source: JAMA Internal Medicine