Injury Facts 2015, choking was the fourth leading cause of unintentional injury deaths in 2011, following poisonings, motor vehicle crashes and falls. While choking is a hazard for all ages, choking deaths peaked at age 84 in 2011, with 159 deaths.
Foods are responsible for many choking incidents, especially in the elderly. Choking can cause a simple coughing fit or something more serious like a complete blockage of the airway, which can lead to death. A few simple behaviors can keep you and your loved ones from choking, such as chewing food slowly and not drinking too much alcohol.