Smoking’s Toll on Health Worse Than Previously Thought, a Study Finds

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More bad news for smokers: Smoking linked to increased risk of infection, kidney disease, and a host of other ailments not previously linked to tobacco.

More bad news for smokers: Smoking linked to increased risk of infection, kidney disease, and a host of other ailments not previously linked to tobacco.

However bad you thought smoking was, it’s even worse, reports The New York Times in a recently published article about a new study that adds at least five diseases and 60,000 deaths a year to the toll taken by tobacco in the United States.

The new findings are based on health data from nearly a million people who were followed for 10 years, according to the article. In addition to the well-known hazards of lung cancer, artery disease, heart attacks, chronic lung disease and stroke, the researchers found that smoking was linked to significantly increased risks of infection, kidney disease, intestinal disease caused by inadequate blood flow, and heart and lung ailments not previously attributed to tobacco, reported The New York Times.

“The smoking epidemic is still ongoing, and there is a need to evaluate how smoking is hurting us as a society, to support clinicians and policy making in public health,” said Brian D. Carter, an epidemiologist at the American Cancer Society and the first author of an article about the study, which appears in The New England Journal of Medicine. “It’s not a done story.”

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