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Know the Facts

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease and kills more than 480,000 Americans each year. More than 41,000 of these deaths are the result of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Smoking causes immediate damage to your body, which can lead to long-term illnesses, including—

For women, smoking during pregnancy can cause serious problems. Your baby could be born too early, have a birth defect, or die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

For every smoking-related death, at least 30 people live with a smoking-related illness.

Smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $300 billion a year, including nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults and more than $156 billion in lost productivity.

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  • Detailed Statistics Learn about smoking in specific populations and the current rates of cigarette smoking in the United States.

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Real Stories: People Featured in Tips

Learn the real stories of people who are suffering from smoking-related diseases and disabilities.

MarkMeet Mark. Mark, age 47, lives in California and started smoking as a teenager. He continued smoking during military service in the Persian Gulf and in civilian life until he developed rectal cancer at age 42.

MarleneMeet Marlene. Marlene lives in New York and began smoking in high school. At 56, she started losing her vision. She needs shots in one or both eyes every month to avoid going blind.

Learn more about all Tips participants in our Real Stories section.

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Quitting Help

To get started right now, see our I'm Ready to Quit! area, featuring a Quit Guide and an additional Quitting Resources page.

You can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Quitline coaches can answer questions, help you develop a quit plan, and provide support.

Quit-smoking treatments may be free or lower in price through insurance, health plans, or clinics. State Medicaid programs cover quit-smoking treatments. While the coverage varies by state, all states cover some treatments for at least some Medicaid enrollees.

Medicare currently covers two quit attempts per year and up to four face-to-face counseling sessions per attempt.

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 Julia

Julia smoked and got colon cancer at age 49.

"I'm so glad I quit. I want to be there for my son—for him getting married and giving me a grandchild one day."


 

 I'm ready to quit! Free resources provided by Smokefree.gov

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