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5.6 million children alive today will die prematurely from smoking if current smoking rates persist

Projected number of persons, 0–17 years of age, who will become smokers and die prematurely as adults because of a smoking-related illness, by state—United States, 2012

50th Anniversary Report on Smoking and Health

5.6 million children alive today will die early from smoking unless we take steps to stop the tobacco epidemic. See how many children (ages 0-17) are at risk in your state. This interactive map allows you to see state-by-state the devastating effects of smoking. Hover your mouse over a particular state to see how many children in that state will die if we don’t continue to make progress to reduce tobacco use in the United States.

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State Projected number of deaths
0–17 years of age
State Projected number of deaths
0–17 years of age

Alabama

108,000

Montana

19,000

Alaska

14,000

Nebraska

38,000

Arizona

115,000

Nevada

41,000

Arkansas

69,000

New Hampshire

22,000

California

441,000

New Jersey

143,000

Colorado

91,000

New Mexico

40,000

Connecticut

56,000

New York

280,000

Delaware

17,000

North Carolina

180,000

District of Columbia

7,000

North Dakota

14,000

Florida

270,000

Ohio

259,000

Georgia

204,000

Oklahoma

88,000

Hawaii

21,000

Oregon

68,000

Idaho

30,000

Pennsylvania

244,000

Illinois

230,000

Rhode Island

16,000

Indiana

151,000

South Carolina

103,000

Iowa

55,000

South Dakota

21,000

Kansas

61,000

Tennessee

125,000

Kentucky

119,000

Texas

498,000

Louisiana

98,000

Utah

39,000

Maine

27,000

Vermont

10,000

Maryland

92,000

Virginia

150,000

Massachusetts

103,000

Washington

104,000

Michigan

213,000

West Virginia

47,000

Minnesota

102,000

Wisconsin

106,000

Mississippi

213,000

Wyoming

12,000

Missouri

128,000

   
       

Total = 5,557,000

 

Note: CI = confidence interval.
aPrevalance data were obtained from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
bPopulation estimates were obtained from the National Center for Health Statistics 2013.

  • Page last reviewed: January 17, 2014
  • Page last updated: January 17, 2014
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    • Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs
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