Posted by: Lawyer Sanders | March 13, 2009

Environmental lawyer Sanders says Kentucky is leading the nation in cigarette smoking.

Hello Frankfort, we have a problem that you will not address.  In the current issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, are the most recent state rankings of prevalance and trends in cigarette smoking. The study looks at smoking habits in the United States from 1998 through 2007.

 

Of the 50 states in 2007, Kentucky had the highest number of current smokers: 28.3 percent of the population over the age of 18. During the same year, an estimated 19.8 percent of adults in the United States were current smokers.

 

Smoking tobacco is responsible for more than 80% of lung cancer cases. It is by far the most dangerous risk factor.

Dead smoker's left lung with tumors.

Dead smoker's left lung with tumors.

When people inhale cigarette smoke, they bring into their lungs tar that includes over 4,000 chemicals, some of which are carcinogenic (cancer-causing). Other inhaled chemicals in cigarette smoke that may increase the risk for cancer include cyanide, benzene, formaldehyde, methanol (wood alcohol), acetylene (the fuel used in torches), and ammonia. Smoke also contains nitrogen oxide and carbon monoxide, both harmful gases.

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