Exposures to behaviors and our environment offer all sorts of risks.

Here we present a full spectrum of exposures that caused American deaths-the actual number of deaths attributed to each exposure is presented. It's important to note that smoking (primarily of cigarettes) was the leading cause of exposure deaths. In contrast, exposure to the dry-cleaning fluid, perchloroethylene-and to numerous environmental chemicals-resulted in virtually no deaths at all.

Click the menu tabs at right, and the section of the graphic equivalent to 500,000 deaths expands so that the number of deaths from each cause can be clearly demonstrated. The accompanying text presents links to other websites for more in-depth information.

Explore the other Riskometer page, Leading Causes of Death, by pressing the menu button at top. Or visit the Risk Rings, and the Data pages.

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American Council
on Science and Health

New York

Year 2002 statistics were the most recent complete statistics available. Total USA deaths in 2002 were 2,443,387.