Tobacco causes more diseases than previously thought- according to a new research.Chris Middlebrooks (Author) Published Date : Feb 12, 2015 11:09 IST
According to a new research by the American Cancer Society and a number of universities tobacco causes more diseases than previously thought. According to this new study researchers have found five more new diseases and 60,000 deaths caused by tobacco across the United States. It was previously thought that more than half a million people die due to tobacco related diseases. The study was based on the findings related to five U.S. studies which collected data from 1 million men and women. The studies include: the American Cancer Society s Cancer Prevention Study-II, Health Professionals Follow-up Study, National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study, Nurses Health Study and Women s Health Initiative.
The subject of these studies were men and women of 55 years or over who had been followed for more than 10 years. Among the participants 180,000 deaths were reported. Though among the deaths smoking related deaths were confirmed, the researchers discovered that 17 percent deaths were caused by diseases which was not previously related to smoking. In a statement Eric J. Jacobs one of the co-author of the study said, In our study, many excess deaths among smokers were from disease categories that are not currently established as caused by smoking, and we believe there is strong evidence that many of these deaths may have been caused by smoking .
In another statement Brian D. Carter the first author of the study said, The smoking epidemic is still ongoing, and there is a need to evaluate how smoking is hurting us as a society, to support clinicians and policy making in public health . According to this new study, colorectal cancer, diabetes mellitus, immune-system weakness, liver cancer and rheumatoid arthritis can be caused by smoking.
The researchers have also found that coronary heart disease and stroke among these. Smoking also increases the risk of lung cancer in man by 25 times and among women 25.7 times. In a statement the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pointed out that, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema are also caused by smoking.
Tobacco causes more diseases than previously thought- according to a new research.