Study finds smoking to be even more deadly than previously thought

February 12, 2015 7:46 AM

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A new research finds that smoking may be linked to 60,000 to 120,000 more deaths in the U.S. each year than previously estimated. The findings for this study were analyzed from health data of a million people over a ten year period. The examination of 181,377 revealed that many of the excess deaths among smokers were due to causes not previously attributed to smoking, such as infections, kidney failure, heart issues and lung issues.

The study found that people who smoked were twice more likely than non-smokers to die due to kidney disease, respiratory issues and infection. Breast cancer and prostate cancer death rates were 30% and 40% higher among the smokers, respectively. This might be because smoking lowers the immune system...

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