Smoking and other risk factors cause almost half of cancer deaths, study finds

The Guardian

Smoking, drinking alcohol, being overweight and other known risk factors were responsible for nearly 4.45 million cancer deaths around the world in 2019, new research suggests. The new study is the first to estimate how a list of 34 risk factors contribute to cancer deaths and ill health globally, regionally and nationally, across age groups, for both sexes and over time.

Dr. Christopher Murray, Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Director of the UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, is quoted.

The Guardian: Smoking Causes One in Ten Deaths Globally, Major New Study Reveals

By Sarah Boseley 

One in ten deaths around the world is caused by smoking, according to a major new study that shows the tobacco epidemic is far from over and that the threat to lives is spreading across the globe.


Emmanuela Gakidou, MSc, PhD, Professor of Global Health at UW and Director of Education and Training at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) was a senior author. 

NBC News: What's Killing Us? It's Mostly Our Own Bad Habits

By Maggie Fox

Americans may worry about pollution and harmful chemicals in their air and water, but a new study of the major causes of death confirms what most doctors know: We are our own worst enemies.

The leading causes of death have to do with bad habits, including smoking, poor diet and a lack of exercise, the report from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington finds.