HealthDay News — Cigarette smoking contributes to nearly 14 million major medical conditions that affect the lives of adult patients in the United States, results of a government report indicate.

“Cigarette smoking has been found to harm nearly every bodily organ and is a leading cause of preventable disease, but current estimates of smoking-attributable morbidity by condition for the United States are generally unavailable,” wrote Brain L. Rostron, PhD, MPH, of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products in Silver Spring, Maryland, and colleagues in JAMA Internal Medicine.

To estimate the burden of major medical conditions attributed to the affects of cigarette smoking, the investigators gathered data from two national health surveys from 2006 to 2013.

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Previous reports indicated that 8.6 million people had 12.7 million major medical conditions caused by smoking. Now, 6.9 million adults in the United States had a combined 10.9 million smoking-related medical conditions. After factoring in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) estimates, the researchers concluded that were nearly 14 million smoking-related illnesses in 2009.

“The disease burden of cigarette smoking in the United States remains immense, and updated estimates indicate that COPD may be substantially underreported in health survey data,” wrote the scientists.


  1. Rostron BL et al. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2014; doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.5219