In 2015, 72.8% of African Americans were interested in quitting smoking and 63.4% reported making a quit attempt.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Quitting Smoking Among Adults — United States, 2000–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 6 Jan 2017;65(52):1457-1464.https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/pdfs/mm6552a1.pdf
Based on the global population of 7.7 billion in 2016, 5.7 trillion cigarettes were consumed worldwide—amounting to 740 cigarettes for every man, woman, and child in the world.
Source: The Tobacco Atlas. Consumption. https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/consumption/.
1,685,068 pounds of toxic chemicals were released by tobacco product manufacturing facilities in the US in 2012. There goes the neighborhood!
Source: "TRI 312229: Other Tobacco Product Manufacturing Facilities (NAICS 312229)." A Center for Effective Government. Washington, DC. 2011. Web.
Every year, 27 million pounds of pesticides are used to grow tobacco.
Source: "Fact Sheet: Environmental Impact of Tobacco." Multnomah County Health Department. March 2013. Web.
In the U.S., 160,000 people die each year from smoking-related lung cancer.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: 50 Years of Progress. A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: 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, 2014.
Between 2009-2012, the estimated annual smoking-attributable economic costs in the U.S. were between $289-332.5 billion.
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.
More than 10 million cigarettes per minute were smoked around the world every single day in 2016.
Source: The Tobacco Atlas. Consumption. https://tobaccoatlas.org/topic/consumption/. (**Internal calculation - cigs smoked/min daily for 2016 is 10.8M : 5.7 trillion smoked in 2016, 5.7 trillion/365/24/60 = 10.8M per minute)
599 additives are on the composite list released to the government in 1994 by tobacco companies of what may be added to cigarettes. This list includes all ingredients that are used although it does not tell which companies they are used by or which brands they are used in. 2-Naphthylamine, 4-Aminobiphenyl, Benzene, Vinyl Chloride, Ethylene Oxide, Arsenic, Beryllium, Nickel, Chromium (only hexavalent), Cadmium, and Polonium-210 are human carcinogens found in tobacco smoke.
Source: "Smoking and Tobacco Control." U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, MD. Risks Associated with Smoking Cigarettes with Low Machine-Measured Yields of Tar and Nicotine. 19 Nov. 2001: 176-80.
An average of 4.5mg of nicotine is absorbed from 7.9g of chewing tobacco and an average of 3.6mg of nicotine is absorbed from 2.5g moist snuff.
Source: Severson, H.H. "What Have We Learned From 20 Years of Research on Smokeless Tobacco Cessation?" American Journal of Medical Sciences. 326(4). Oct. 2003: 206-211. Web.
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.
People recovering from substance abuse are twice as likely to relapse within three years if they are a smoker.
Source: Weinberger, Andrea H., et al. “Cigarette Smoking Is Associated With Increased Risk of Substance Use Disorder Relapse: A Nationally Representative, Prospective Longitudinal Investigation.” The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc., 22 Feb. 2017.
39.2% of high school students report seeing advertisements for tobacco products on the Internet.
Source: "Tobacco Use, Access, and Exposure to Tobacco in Media Among Middle School and High School Students-- United States, 2004." CDC. 01 Apr. 2005: 54(12) 297-301. Web.
Although African Americans usually smoke fewer cigarettes and start smoking cigarettes at an older age, they are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases than whites.
Source: "African Americans and Tobacco Use." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17 August 2016