In the new study, researchers analyzed health data from almost one million people who were followed for 10 years, giving them the ability to tie at least five diseases and 60,000 more deaths a year in the United States, according to the article.
“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 researcher Brian D. Carter of the American Cancer Society. “It’s not a done story.”
The new research indicated that smoking can cause:
- Kidney Disease
- Intestinal Disease
- Increased Risks of Infection
- Types of heart and lung diseases previously not associated with tobacco.
The findings were published in The New England Journal of Medicine.