Facts about smoking
- Every year in the U.S. over 392,000 people die from tobacco-caused disease, making it the leading cause of preventable death
- Smoking cost the United States over $193 billion in 2004, including $97 billion in lost productivity and $96 billion in direct health care expenditures, or an average of $4,260 per adult smoker
- Smokers die significantly earlier than nonsmokers: 13.2 years for men and 14.5 years for women.
- About 1 in 5 adults smoke
- 4 out of 10 nonsmokers(88 million people) are exposed to secondhand smoke.
- More than 1 out of 2 kids(aged 3–11 years) are exposed to secondhand smoke.
Health Hazards of smoking
- Cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer.
- About 8.6 million people in the U.S. have at least one serious illness caused by smoking.
- Among current smokers, chronic lung disease accounts for 73 percent of smoking-related conditions.
- Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body, and is a main cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema).
- It is also a cause of coronary heart disease, stroke and a host of other cancers and diseases.
- Smoking in pregnancy accounts for an estimated 20 to 30 percent of low-birth weight babies, up to 14 percent of preterm deliveries, and some 10 percent of all infant deaths.
Whats in a cigarette?
Presentation: tobacco 101
The following is a presentation prepared by Marcia Brown-Machen, M.P.H., Program Director for the City of Berkely Tobacco Prevention Program.