Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Smoking versus COVID deaths

I just watched my grandson online in a concert. They all wore masks and were socially distanced. When they stopped blowing their horns they quickly brought their masks up to cover their mouths and noses.  How sad that they are being forced to do these things when the number of deaths from COVID among their age group are almost non-existent. To the week ending April 3, 2021 only 300 deaths from ages 0-18 years. (If you are sick or your immunity is compromised, stay home.) 

Source: CDC. (2021, April 7). Provisional COVID-19 deaths: Focus on ages 0-18 years. https://data.cdc.gov/NCHS/Provisional-COVID-19-Deaths-Focus-on-Ages-0-18-Yea/nr4s-juj3


Cigarettes and Death

Cigarette smoking causes about one of every five deaths in the United States each year. Cigarette smoking is estimated to cause the following:

  • More than 480,000 deaths annually (including deaths from secondhand smoke)
  • 278,544 deaths annually among men (including deaths from secondhand smoke)
  • 201,773 deaths annually among women (including deaths from secondhand smoke)

Cigarette smoking causes premature death:

  • Life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers.
  • Quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from smoking-related disease by about 90%.

Secondhand Smoke and Death

Exposure to secondhand smoke causes an estimated 41,000 deaths each year among adults in the United States:

  • Secondhand smoke causes 7,333 annual deaths from lung cancer.
  • Secondhand smoke causes 33,951 annual deaths from heart disease.

Source: CDC. (2020, April 28). Tobacco related deaths. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/tobacco_related_mortality/index.htm 

 Next week I will post an article about COVID and suicides. Did you know that in Japan more people committed suicide in the month of October than deaths in the whole year from COVID-19.

Here is the source: 

WAVE3 News. (2020, December 4). Study reveals increased suicide rates across U.S.  https://www.wkyt.com/2020/12/04/study-reveals-increased-suicide-rates-across-us/


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