The idea that millions of medical issues are attributable to smoking may sound far-fetched, but a recent study merely echoes what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said in the past decade.
Researchers from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products analyzed deaths related to smoking based on data from national surveys. The results are astounding: about 14 million major medical conditions can be traced to smoking.
Despite the large number, the proponents of the study said that the figure was a conservative estimate because it did not include other recent discoveries on smoking-related diseases. Excluded in the study were ovarian cancer cases that may have been caused by smoking, or detrimental health effects of secondhand smoke. “Most of these conditions were chronic bronchitis and emphysema, often classified as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)… but these estimates and methods, to our knowledge, have not been subsequently updated or refined,” according to the study authors in a news item.
The study data came from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) between 2006 and 2012, as well as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
CDC’s version of the report, which was released in 2000, revealed that 12.7 million medical cases linked to smoking were experienced by more than 8 million people.