Tobacco is widely used all over the world, and the negative health effects are staggering.
Tobacco use kills more than 5.6 million people each year, or one every six seconds; 600,000 of these deaths are due to second-hand smoke.
Smoking causes lung and other cancers, heart disease and respiratory diseases. Approximately half of all long-term smokers will die from tobacco-caused diseases.
Angel MedFlight sees firsthand the devastating impact of tobacco use, with tobacco-related patient medical transports ranging from cancer to stroke to lung transplant patients.
When people quit smoking, their risk for smoking-related diseases decreases over time, and continues to decrease the longer they stay smoke-free.
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for online and print resources to help with quitting smoking.Sources: World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention