Cigarette Smoking Facts
Smoking is a global problem. It is estimated that one in three adults smoke, with over 1.2 billion people smoking worldwide. More than 105 billion cigarettes are sold every week — that’s ten million per minute. And, as stated by Dr. Max Snyder in his documentary The Medical Aspects of Tobacco, “Cigarettes are the only substance sold that, when the user follows the instructions carefully, will result in the consumer becoming toxic, chronically ill or !”
There is no controversy about the facts. Thousands of careful studies have documented them. No major medical or health agency questions them: Cigarette smoking is a destructive habit.
During the 20th century, smoking ed about 100 million people worldwide.
Tobacco s one person every ten seconds and is set to ten million people a year by 2025. — World Health Organization
Half of all smoking-related s occur between the ages of 35 and 69, which translates into an average of roughly 23 years of life lost.
Every 30 seconds someone somewhere in the world s of lung cancer. It is the ninth most common cause of in the world and the most common form of cancer. Each year 1.25 million people from it. — Roy Castle International Centre for Lung Cancer Research
Insurance companies have estimated that smoking a single cigarette lowers one’s life expectancy by 10.7 minutes. That means in smoking a packet of 20 life is shortened by more than three and a half hours.
Each year more Americans from smoking-related diseases than from abuse, car accidents and combined.
390,000 Americans each year from the effects of cigarette smoking. Smoking has been responsible for 16% (or 1 in 6) of all s in the U.S. each year.
Cigarettes are the most heavily advertised products in the U.S. Tobacco companies spend over $5,000 per minute on advertising and promotion of tobacco products. Smoking costs the nation $65 billion per year in health-care costs and lost productivity — that's $262 per American per year.
About 40 percent of America’s 50 million smokers will try to kick the habit at least once this year. Fewer than one in ten will succeed. — Center for Disease Control and Prevention
In 1997 cigarette smoking accounted for an estimated 117,400 of the total 628,000 s in the United Kingdom. Cigarette smoking is thus responsible for approximately one in every five s in Britain. This annual mortality translates into an average of 2,300 people ed by smoking every week, 320 every day, and 13 every hour. — Royal College of Physicians
Road accidents, and drugs and solvents all . Smoking s five times more people before their time than all these other causes of put together. Smoking is the biggest single cause of preventable disease and premature in this country. — Smoking and Your Child, issued by Britain’s Department of Health
The humble cigarette is responsible for a dozen times more s in the UK in the past 40 years than British casualties from World War II — over five million. This is not a cold statistic but a human tragedy. — Sir George Albert, Royal College of Physicians
In 1996 more than 336,000 Australian schoolchildren smoked a total of more than 370 million cigarettes.
Pregnant women who smoke have higher rates of miscarriage, , premature birth, and complications of pregnancy. More of their babies soon after birth from crib than the newborns of nonsmoking mothers.
Smoking harms not just the smoker, but also family members, coworkers, and others who breathe the smoker's cigarette smoke, called second-hand smoke.
Quit smoking today!