Facts & Figures

Did you know that nicotine is actually more addictive than heroin?
Surgeon General Coop (1988)1

Or that smoking just four cigarettes can give a person a 90 percent chance of becoming addicted and have them smoking for 40 years?
British Journal of Addiction (February 1990)2

Or that smoking kills more Americans each year than alcohol, car accidents, suicide, AIDS, homicide, and illegal drugs combined?
American Cancer Society3

Cigarette smoking has been identified as the NUMBER ONE preventable cause of morbidity and premature mortality worldwide!

Smoking is responsible for approximately one in five deaths in the United States. From 1997 to 2001, smoking killed an estimated 438,000 people in the United States each year. This includes an estimated 259,494 male and 178,404 female deaths annually.

Among adults, the three leading specific causes of smoking attributable deaths were from lung cancer (123,836), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (90,582) and ischemic heart disease (86,801). Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.4

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Sources:

  1. www.tobacco.org/news/246343.html
  2. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed8list_uids=2180512&dopl=Abstract
  3. www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/PED_10_2X_Cigarette_Smoking.asp?sitearea=PED
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Annual Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Productivity Losses * U.S., 1997-2001. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) 2005; 54(25); 625-628.