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SMOKING KILLS

  • An estimated 430,700 Americans die each year from the effects of cigarette smoking.
  • Smoking causes 19.5% (or 1 in 5) of all deaths in the United States each year.
  • Smoking is the major preventable cause of the diseases: emphysema, lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, heart disease and stroke.

 
 

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SMOKING CAUSES CANCER

  • Lung cancer has now surpassed breast cancer as the leading cause of cancer deaths among women (link: smoking and pregnancy).
  • Cigarette smoking is the # 1 cause of cancer death in men.
  • Lung cancer incidence rates are 50% higher in African American men than in white males.

SMOKING IS ADDICTIVE

  • According to the US Surgeon General, nicotine is just as addictive as heroin and cocaine.
  • A "hit" of nicotine reaches the brain in seven seconds, twice as fast as injected heroin.

SMOKING IS NOT SOPHISTICATED

  • A cigar can produce more than 25 times as much secondhand smoke as a cigarette.
  • Tobacco smoke stains teeth. Nicotine damages collagen, which causes skin to wrinkle.

SMOKING IS COSTLY

  • Cigarettes are the most heavily advertised products in the U.S. Tobacco companies spent over 4.9 billion dollars in 1995 on advertising and promotion of their deadly products.
  • Smoking costs the nation over $97.2 billion per year in health-care costs and lost productivity - that's about $276 per American.
  • At least 3.1 million adolescents smoke: 24.6% of high school seniors are current smokers.

 
 
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updated 11-7-01