Facts about TOBACCO in the U.S.
More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking. For every person who dies bceause of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness.
Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including an estimated 42,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.
If smoking continues at the current rate among U.S. youth, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18-years-old are expected to die prematurely from smoking-related illness. In 2015, $8.9 billion was spent on advertising and promotion of cigarettes — more than $24 billion every day and about $1 million every hour.
Out of ten deaths from lung cancer, nine are caused by smoking. In fact, out of every ten deaths from any type of cancer, three are caused by smoking. Eight out of ten deaths from heart disease are linked to tobacco use.
In the state of Tennessee, 11.5% of high school students smoke and 13.5% of male high school students use smokeless tobacco. 21.7% of high school students use e-cigarettes. Each year, 3,100 kids under 18 become daily smokers, adding to the number of adult smokers in Tennessee, which is currently 22.1% (1,138,000). Kids buy 11.5 million packs of cigarettes each year.
Each year, 11,400 Tennesseans die from smoking. If that rate continues, 125,000 kids alive today will die prematurely from smoking.