World No Tobacco Day: Smoking Statistics
World No Tobacco Day, commemorated yearly on May 31, was created to inform the public about the harmful effect of tobacco consumption. Tobacco use is the primary preventable cause of disease, impairment, and death in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that cigarette smoking leads to premature deaths of over 480,000 Americans each year. Cigarettes, cigars, snuff, pipe tobacco and chewing tobacco contain harmful, addictive substance called nicotine. Nicotine reduced healing time and prevents the body from discarding damaged cells, thus letting cancer cells to develop. More shocking statistics below. See also Evolution of Smoking.