days of life lost due to smoking  
 
 
 

 

     

Days of life lost due to smoking

   
 
       

Number of days lost due to smoking (approx.)

Number of year smoking:            

Average number of cigarette smoked per day:

 

Days lost due to smoking:

Average person looses 10 to 15 minutes of precious life when ever he smokes a cigarette. Cigarette smoking is the largest preventable cause of unnecessary death in the world. More than 25 diseases, most of which are life threatening, are strongly suspected to be related to smoking.

Tobacco claims more lives than drugs, alcohol, sexual behavior, firearms, and motor vehicle injuries combined. This is a significant issue for public health because cigarette smoking greatly increases the risk of premature death from a number of chronic diseases. Smoking also affects nonsmokers, who suffer the health consequences of environmental tobacco smoke. Women who smoke during pregnancy are at higher risk for pregnancy complications; their babies are at risk for intrauterine growth retardation, low birth weight and infant mortality.

Duration of cigarette smoking is strongly associated with mortality from cardiovascular disease, lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, whereas both the number of cigarettes smoked as well as duration of cigarette smoking is strongly associated with all-cause mortality.

Average cigarette smoking reduced the total life expectancy by 6.8 years, whereas heavy cigarette smoking reduced the total life expectancy by 8.8 years. Moreover, cigarette smoking reduced the number of disease-free life-years by 5.8 years. Stopping cigarette smoking at age 40 increased the life expectancy by 4.6 years, while the number of disease-free life-years was increased by 3.0 years.

Script concept by Dr. Sakshi Baijal, made by Shivani Kapoor. 2010 Asthma Helpline.

last modified 24-02-2010

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