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What are some diseases caused by smoking?

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Smoking causes cancers, such as lung and colon cancer, and cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and coronary heart disease. It also causes respiratory diseases such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Smoking is linked to other health issues such as cataracts, hip fractures and gum disease.

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About 480,000 people die from tobacco-related illnesses per year in the United States. Smoking kills more Americans than alcohol, car accidents, homicide, suicide, and illegal drugs combined.

Around 50 percent of Americans who continue to smoke eventually die from smoke-related causes. As of 2015, 30 percent of all cancer deaths are linked to smoking. Smoking related factors alone are the cause of 70 to 87 percent of lung cancer deaths.

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