A new study funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that even with ongoing global efforts to prevent tobacco use, tobacco-related deaths accounted for 11.5 percent of all deaths in 2015. The countries among the highest tobacco users? The United States, China, India and Russia, accounting for over 52 percent of smoking-related deaths.
In the U.S., cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death. While most people associate lung cancer with smoking, tobacco use can also contribute to several other types of cancer and cause heart disease, stroke, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The good news is it’s never late to quit smoking and it can have immediate impacts on your health. Instantly, quitting can lower your blood pressure and heart rate and within 24 hours, your risk of a heart attack declines.
If you or a loved one want to quit smoking, here’s a place to START:
S: Set a quit date.
T: Tell coworkers, friends, and family of your intent to quit smoking.
A: Anticipate the difficulties ahead.
R: Remove all tobacco products from home, car, and work.
T: Talk to your physician about getting the help needed to quit smoking.
Learn more about treatment options and how to get help to quit smoking, by visiting our Quit Smoking Care Guide.