Worldwide, tobacco use causes nearly 6 million deaths per year,
and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8
million deaths annually by 2030
Cigarette smoking is responsible
for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States,
including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from second hand smoke
exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300
deaths every day. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than
If smoking continues at the current rate among U.S. youth,
5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are
expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. This
represents about one in every 13 Americans aged 17 years or
younger who are alive today.
In 2014, more than $9 billion was spent on advertising and
promotion of cigarettes—nearly $25 million every day, and about $1
million every hour.
Price discounts account for nearly 80% of all cigarette
marketing. These are discounts paid to cigarette retailers or
wholesalers in order to reduce the price of cigarettes to
Total economic cost of smoking is more than $300 billion a year,
Nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults
More than $156 billion in lost productivity due to premature
death and exposure to second hand smoke
States have billions of dollars from tobacco taxes and tobacco
industry legal settlements to prevent and control tobacco use.
However, states currently use a very small amount of these funds
for tobacco control programs.
In fiscal year 2017, states will collect $26.6 billion from
tobacco taxes and legal settlements but will only spend $491.6
million—less than 2%—on prevention and cessation programs.
Currently, only two states (Alaska and North Dakota) fund
tobacco control programs at CDC's "recommended" level. Only one
other state (Oklahoma) provides even half the recommended funding.
Two states (Connecticut and New Jersey) have allocated no state
funds for tobacco use prevention.
Spending less than 13% (i.e., $3.3 billion) of the $26.6
billion would fund every state tobacco control program at
Percentage of U.S. adults aged 18 years or older
who were current cigarette smokers in 2015:
15.1% of all adults (36.5 million people): 16.7% of males,
13.6% of females
Nearly 22 of every 100 non-Hispanic American Indians/Alaska
About 20 of every 100 non-Hispanic multiple race individuals
Nearly 17 of every 100 non-Hispanic Blacks (16.7%)
Nearly 17 of every 100 non-Hispanic Whites (16.6%)
About 10 of every 100 Hispanics (10.1%)
7 of every 100 non-Hispanic Asians (7.0%)
Each day, more than 3,200 people younger than 18 years of age
smoke their first cigarette.
Each day, an estimated 2,100 youth and young adults who have
been occasional smokers become daily cigarette smokers.
Nearly 7 in 10 (68.9%) adult cigarette smokers wanted to stop
More than 4 in 10 (42.7%) adult cigarette smokers had made a
quit attempt in the past year.
Approximately 100,000 U.S. smokers are expected to stay quit
for good as a result of the 2012 Tips
From Former Smokers campaign.
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Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of
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