Tobacco Use Linked to 14 Million Major Medical Conditions, Says Study
According to a report, American adults suffer from about 14 million major medical conditions that are attributable to smoking.
To come to this conclusion, authors first used data from the National Health Interview survey to estimate that 6.9 million adults in the U.S. had a combined 10.9 million self-reported smoking-attributable conditions. Then, the authors used chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) prevalence estimates from the National Health and Nutrition and Examination Survey of self-reported and lung function test data to estimate that American adults had had a combined 14 million smoking attributable-conditions in 2009. The largest cause of smoking-attributable illness was still COPD with an estimated 7.5 million cases due to smoking, but this number is 70 percent higher than the estimated cases based on self-reported data.
“The disease burden of cigarette smoking in the United States remains immense and updated estimates indicate that COPD may be substantially underreported in health and survey data,” said Brian Rostron, of the Center for Tobacco Products, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and one of the report’s authors.
“The data from Rostron et al should serve to keep tobacco control and its two-fold aims of preventing initiation and helping smokers quit as the most important clinical and public health priorities for the foreseeable future,” said Steven A. Schroeder, MD, University of California, San Francisco.