Reduction in Smoking Is Saving Many Lives

Dec. 1, 1996
The reduction in smoking over the past 30 years is resulting in thousands of lives being saved each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, smoking still is responsible for one of every five deaths in the U.S. and remains by far the leading cause of preventable death and disease. The decline in the death rate results primarily from a reduction in heart disease caused by smoking.

The reduction in smoking over the past 30 years is resulting in thousands of lives being saved each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, smoking still is responsible for one of every five deaths in the U.S. and remains by far the leading cause of preventable death and disease. The decline in the death rate results primarily from a reduction in heart disease caused by smoking.

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