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CDC report: Almost half of cancer cases in United States linked to tobacco use

(BUSINESS INSIDER) Kevin Loria, November 12, 2016 — At this point, we all know that smoking is bad for us — really, really bad.

A newly released CDC Vital Signs report helps clarify just how bad we are talking about. Tobacco use is linked to a full 40% of cancer cases in the US, according to the report.

That means that even though smoking rates have gone down in the country overall, there were about 660,000 people diagnosed with cancer related to tobacco every year from 2009 to 2013. Each of those years about 343,000 died from one of those cancers.

It’s not just lung cancer, either, though more than half of these cancers are either lung or colorectal cancers. But we also know tobacco can cause cancers of the mouth and throat, voice box, esophagus, stomach, kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder, cervix, colon and rectum, along with a type of leukemia.

“There are more than 36 million smokers in the U.S.,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a press release emailed to Business Insider. “Sadly, nearly half could die prematurely from tobacco-related illnesses, including 6 million from cancer, unless we implement the programs that will help smokers quit.”

Source: CDC report: Almost half of cancer cases in United States linked to tobacco use – Business Insider