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Tobacco Facts

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States.

Key Facts from The Health Consequences of Smoking – 50 Years of Progress:
A Report of the Surgeon General (2014)
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  • Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body.
  • Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
  • Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including nearly 42,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.
  • Smoking costs the United States billions of dollars each year.
  • More than $156 billion in lost productivity due to premature death and exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • Every day, more than 3,200 people younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette.
  • Every day, an estimated 2,100 youth and young adults who have been occasional smokers become daily cigarette smokers.

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