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Stopping deaths associated with cigarette smoking

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Many Americans are already living with chronic smoking induced illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, chronic lung disease and 12 kinds of cancer.

Now, the New England Journal of Medicine has added kidney failure, intestinal blood vessel blockage, hypertensive heart disease, infections, respiratory diseases, breast cancer and prostate cancer to the list of diseases caused by smoking.

This will account for 60,000 more deaths a year, which is more than car accidents, influenza and murder.

The study followed 1,000,000 men and women from 2000 through 2011. To curb cigarette smoking, experts are prompting doctors to be more aggressive with addressing smoking with their patients and suggest increased taxes on cigarettes.

Lead author of the study Brian D. Carter, public health specialist with the American Cancer Society says smoking should be treated as a form of drug addiction just like alcohol or heroin.