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Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of smokers in general. Quitting smoking has immediate as well as long-term benefits for you and your loved ones.
Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
- Cigarette smoking causes more than 440,000 deaths each year in the United States. This is about one in five deaths.
- Smoking causes more deaths each year than all of these combined:
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Illegal drug use
- Alcohol use
- Motor vehicle injuries
- Firearm-related incidents
- Smoking causes about 90% (or 9 out of 10) of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% (or 8 out of 10) of all lung cancer deaths in women.More women die from lung cancer each year than from breast cancer.
- About 90% (or 9 out of 10) of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are caused by smoking.
The California Smokers' Helpline is a telephone program that can help you quit smoking. Helpline services are free, funded by the California Department of Public Health and by First 5 California. The Helpline has been in operation since 1992. Every month, thousands of Californians call and receive help. Call 1-800-NO-BUTTS.
Source: Centers for Disease Control