Risk Rings:

Exposures to behaviors and our environment offer all sorts of risks. Here we present a full spectrum of exposures that caused American deaths - the size of each ring is proportional to the number of deaths from the specified cause.

Use your mouse and click the rings. See the "odds of dying" from any of the exposures presented. The ‘odds of dying’ is reported here as the number of people expected to produce one death from a particular cause. This number is calculated by dividing the United States population, approximately 300 million people, by the number of deaths from each cause during 2002. Using this method, 771 people would be expected to yield one death from active smoking . In contrast, 5,882,353 Americans would yield one death from exposure to the dry cleaning chemical, perchloroethylene.

Active Smoking was the leading cause of exposure death. In contrast, exposure to the dry-cleaning fluid, Perchloroethylene and to numerous environmental chemicals-resulted in virtually no deaths at all.

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

If you have questions, contact us.

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.