The Numbers Are Shocking
If killing people were a sport, tobacco would be in the Hall of Fame. Check out the stats.
Did you know….
- On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers
- Smokeless tobacco products are the second most common cause of nicotine poisoning in children, after cigarettes
- One milligram (mg) of nicotine can cause vomiting and diarrhea in a small child, according to the study; Smokers inhale about 1 mg of nicotine in a typical cigarette
- Each day, more than 3,800 persons younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette
- Each day, about 1,000 persons younger than 18 years of age begin smoking on a daily basis
- In the United States, tobacco use is responsible for about one in five deaths annually (i.e., about 443,000 deaths per year, and an estimated 49,000 of these smoking-related deaths are the result of secondhand smoke exposure)
- Worldwide, tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030
- Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung diseases (including emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction)
- For every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, 20 more people suffer with at least one serious illness from smoking
Source: CDC.gov and TobaccoFreeKids.org and Journal Pediatrics (2010)