Recent estimates indicate that approximately 60 million Americans (about 29% of the population) and 1/3 of the world’s adult population smoke cigarettes.
Approximately 28% of all men and 22% of all women are current cigarette smokers
According to recent estimates, one of every five deaths in the United States is smoking related
The leading causes of the approximately 430,000 smoking- related deaths each year are lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and ischemic heart disease.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 35 million people make a serious attempt to quit smoking each year. About 7% of those who try to quit on their own succeed
A nonsmoker who breathes secondhand smoke (such as the smoke from a lit cigarette) is at an increased risk of the same diseases that affect smokers
At least two thirds of women who stop smoking during pregnancy are smoking again by 12 months after delivery
According to the 2001 Surgeon Generals Report on Women and Smoking, estimates of women smoking during pregnancy range from 12% to 22%
According to the American Lung Association, nicotine reaches the brain just 7 seconds after inhalation, causing a “high,” pleasurable or calming effect
The tar (residue) and gases produced by burning tobacco have many negative health effects. They include lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, laryngeal cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis.
Nicotine is metabolized quickly; smokers soon need more and more nicotine in their system
Many smokers try to quit about 7–8 times before they are successful
Average smokers are smoking 1–1½ packs of cigarettes a day.
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