Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S., and a cause of numerous diseases and types of cancer, including lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Exposure to secondhand smoke is also a serious health hazard.
That is why the American Lung Association advocates for the key tobacco control policies outlined in the State of Tobacco Control report that have been proven to reduce tobacco use and save lives.
Disparities in Risk
The burden of tobacco-related deaths and diseases are not distributed equally.