smokerTobacco use is the leading preventable cause of premature death in the United States and is responsible for approximately 443,000 deaths each year. Of those deaths, 49,400 are a result of secondhand smoke exposure. Here are some more facts and figures about tobacco use and reasons why continued efforts to prevent it are needed:

●An estimated 19% of all adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes.

●According to the CDC, in 2011, the prevalence of cigarette smoking was highest among non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native (31.5%), followed by non-Hispanic multiple race (27.4%), non-Hispanic white (20.6%), non-Hispanic black (19.4%), Hispanic (12.9%) and non-Hispanic Asian (9.9%).

●Every day, approximately 1,000 people under age 18 and 1,800 people over the age of 18 begin smoking on a daily basis.

●Nearly 70% of adults who smoke say they want to quit.

● In 2012, approximately 53 million American adults were former cigarette smokers.

●Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals including tar, nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, DDT, arsenic, cyanide, and nicotine. Nearly 70 of these chemicals are cancer-causing agents.

●Cigarette smoking is estimated to be responsible for $193 billion in annual health-related economic losses each year in the U.S. This is made up of $96 billion in direct medical costs and approximately $97 billion in lost productivity.

●On average, people who smoke die 10 years earlier than people who do not smoke.

Smoking causes approximately:

●80-90% of all lung cancer deaths.

●85-90% of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Compared with nonsmokers, smokers have:

●Two to four times higher risk of coronary heart disease and stroke.

● 23 times higher risk of developing lung cancer (men only).

●13 times higher risk of developing lung cancer (women only).

●12-13 times higher risk of dying from COPD.

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Source: Respiratory Health, visit