In the U.S., 60.9% of students who ever smoked cigarettes daily tried to quit smoking cigarettes
Less than 6% of teens still smoke. That's less than the number of landlines still in use.
Source: Johnston, L. D., O’Malley, P. M., Miech, R. A., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2015). Monitoring the Future national results on drug use: 1975-2015: Overview, Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan.
In the U.S. alone, every day the tobacco industry spends enough money marketing its products to buy 150,000 10-karat gold grillz.
Source: "Federal Trade Commission Cigarette Report for 2007 and 2008." Federal Trade Commission. 2011. Report.
About one third of youth smokers will eventually die from a tobacco-related disease.
Source: Epstein, D. "Tobacco: the next World War?" Pan American Health Organization. World Health Organization. 1997. 2(2). Web.
During 2005-2009, smoking-attributable productivity losses totaled $150.7 billion per year.
Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health. Smoking-Attributable Morbidity, Mortality, and Economic Costs. 2014. Report.
Tobacco accounts for one out of every ten deaths worldwide and claims nearly 6 million lives each year.
Source: "Tobacco Fact sheet N°339." World Health Organization. 6 July 2015. Web.
Of current smokers in the U.S., 46,000 have lung cancer from smoking.
Source: "Cigarette Smoking Attributable Morbidity - United States, 2000." CDC. 05 Sept. 52(35). 2003: 842-844. Table.
About 20% of African American youth are exposed to secondhand smoke in the home.
Source: American Legacy Foundation. Secondhand Smoke--Youth Exposure and Adult Attitudes--Results from Three National Surveys. Supplemental Tables. Table S-5. Prevalence of Secondhand Smoke Exposure (Ages 12-17) -1999-2003 LMTS.
There are 11 known human carcinogens in cigarette smoke.
Source: "Smoking and Tobacco Control." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. Oct. 2001.
Of former smokers in the U.S., 1,154,000 have a cancer other than lung cancer from smoking.
Source: "Cigarette Smoking Attributable Morbidity - United States, 2000." CDC. 05 Sept. 2003: 52(35) 842-844. Web.
In 2008, 48.8% of people for whom their high school diploma was their highest level of educational attainment who have ever smoked reported that they had successfully quit.
Source: "Cigarette Smoking Among Adults and Trends in Smoking Cessation --- United States, 2008." CDC. Atlanta, GA. 58(44). 13 Nov. 2009: 1227-1232. Web.
Back in 2003, there was only one lonely smoke-free college campus. Now there are 2,342 smoke-free campuses!
Source: American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation (ANRF). Smokefree and Tobacco-free U.S. and Tribal Colleges and Univeristies. Retrieved from http://no-smoke.org/wp-content/uploads/pdf/smokefreecollegesuniversities.pdf
In 1995, 43% of teens in West Virginia smoked. Today, only 16.2% of teens in West Virginia smoke. Damn, West Virginia teens are killing it at living.
Source: West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources. Addressing Tobacco Use and Its Associated Health Conditions in West Virginia. Charleston, WV: West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, Bureau for Public Health, West Virginia Division for Tobacco Prevention, Office of Community Health Services and Health Promotion, 2016.