Based on the statistics, smoking has taken its toll on cancer patients across the United States, as one in four of them die due to this devastating disease.
In other words, public health officials stress that smoking is a life-threatening habitat, which should be avoided, especially by the young population. The most staggering percentage was recorded in the southern part of the country, where tobacco control regulations are more indulgent.
According to the experts from the ACS, Arkansas is the leading state with the highest mortality rate, because forty percent of all cancer-related deaths were caused by smoking.
Furthermore, Kentucky had a 29 percent mortality rate in women. It is worth mentioning that smoking ranks first among the preventable death causes worldwide. Utah had the lowest death rate linked to this habit, with 11 percent of cancer-related deaths in women, and 22 percent in men.
Even so, experts believe that these numbers are highly concerning meaning that Americans either ignore the statistics or they are not informed about the risks. Other reports reveal that Indiana ranks 15th among women, and 11th among men, whereas Ohio, ranks 17th and 14th among women and men.
Scientists gathered this information by analyzing government data and health surveys conducted in 2014. Then, they calculated the number of cancer deaths linked to smoking and compared them with all cancer-related deaths.
Although smoking rates dropped off throughout the country over the past several years, forty million Americans are regular smokers, according to CDC officials. Researchers concluded that minimum 167,000 deaths linked to smoking occurred in 2014 making up for 29 percent of all deaths linked to cancer in the United States.
Most tobacco crops throughout the country are grown by producers in the southern states, where regulations are heavily influenced by this industry. Also, the high rates are related to the fact that poverty has taken its toll on many local communities in the South.
Even so, scientists underline that strict policies are needed to address this issue as soon as possible. Smoking has been a hotly-debated topic for many years due to the high number of smokers who don’t seem to understand the broad array of the smoking risks.
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