Tobacco

Get the Facts!

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States.
  • Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms to nearly every organ in the body.
  • Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
  • Smokeless tobacco use is known to cause cancer.
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first tried smoking by age 18, and 98% first tried smoking by age 26. Each day more than 3,200 youth try their first cigarette.
  • Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths as a result of secondhand smoke exposure.
  • Smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $300 billion each year, including nearly $170 billion from direct medical care for adults and more than $156 billion in lost productivity.
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