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At a Glance 2011

About 443,000 U.S. Deaths Attributable Each Year to Cigarette Smoking*

Other Cancers35,300
Lung Cancer128,900
Ischemic Heart Disease126,000
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease92,900
Other Diagnoses44,000
Stroke15,900

*Average annual number of deaths, 2000–2004. Includes deaths from secondhand smoke.
Source: MMWR 2008;57(45):1226–1228.

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Trends in Current Cigarette Smoking Among High School Students* and Adults, United States, 1965–2009

Students (%)Adults (%)
196542.4
1966
1967
1968
1969
197037.4
1971
1972
1973
197437.1
1975
1976
1977
197834.1
1979
198033.2
1981
1982
198332.1
1984
198530.1
1986
198728.8
1988
1989
199025.5
199127.5
1992
199330.525
1994
199534.824.7
1996
199736.424.7
1998
199934.823.5
2000
200128.522.8
200222.5
200321.921.6
200420.9
200523.020.9
200620.8
200720.019.8
200820.6
200919.520.6
Healthy People 2020 Goal16.012.0

* Percentage of high school students who smoked cigarettes on 1 or more of the 30 days preceding the survey (Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 1991–2009). Data first collected in 1991.
Percentage of adults who are current cigarette smokers (National Health Interview Survey, 1965–2009).

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Total Funding for State Tobacco Control Programs*

YearIn Millions ($)
2001$990
2002$1,036
2003$909
2004$741
2005$733
2006$686
2007$714
2008$805
2009$729

* Adjusted to December 2009 dollars.
Source: ImpacTeen Project, Health Policy Center, University of Illinois at Chicago.

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