Facts About Tobacco Use

Did You Know?

  • Each day, more than 1,200 people in the U.S. die from smoking and more than 2,500 youths and young adults become regular smokers.
  • Although smoking is decreasing among youth, 7% of middle-school students and 23% of high school students used some form of tobacco last year.

Smoking Facts

  • The adverse health effects from cigarette smoking accounts for an estimated 443,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States. (CDC)
  • Smoking causes an estimated 90% of all lung cancer deaths in men and 80% of all lung cancer deaths in women. (CDC)
  • Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United Sates. (CDC)

Secondhand Smoke Facts

  • Secondhand smoke causes premature death and disease in children and in adults who do not smoke. (Surgeon General's Report)
  • Children exposed to secondhand smoke have an increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear problems and more sever asthma. (Surgeon General's Report)
  • Exposing adults to secondhand smoke causes immediate adverse effects on the cardiovascular system, coronary heart disease and lung cancer. (Surgeon General's Report)

Smokeless Tobacco Facts

  • Smokeless tobacco causes health problems such as mouth sores, tooth decay, gum disease and white patches called leukoplakia. (NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch)
  • Smokeless tobacco has more than 2,500 chemical compounds, and 28 are known to cause cancer. (NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch)
  • Chewing on smokeless tobacco for 30 minutes can contain the same amount of nicotine as four cigarettes. (NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch)

Quitting Facts

  • If you are a one pack a day smoker, you can save over $1,800 or more per year if you quit. (NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch)
  • Within two weeks to three months of quitting, your heart attack risk drops and your lung function improves. (NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch)
  • Within five to 15 years of quitting, your risk of stroke is that of a person who never smoked. (NC Tobacco Prevention and Control Branch)