Smoking & Tobacco Use

Did You Know?


Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!

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February 15, 2019
  • In 2018, 4.9 million middle- and high-school students used tobacco products in 2018—up from 3.6 million in 2017—according to the latest Vital Signs report.
  • Use of any tobacco product—including e-cigarettes—by youth is unsafe, and nearly all tobacco product use begins in adolescence.
  • Public health professionals can help implement population-based strategies to protect young people from the dangers of tobacco, including restricting youth access to tobacco products.

March 24, 2017

November 18, 2016

July 29, 2016

January 8, 2016
  • More than 18 million US middle and high school youth were exposed to e-cigarette ads in 2014, according to the latest Vital Signs report.
  • Exposure to e-cigarette advertisements might be contributing to increases in e-cigarette use among youth.
  • States and communities can use proven approachesExternal to prevent youth from using tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

May 1, 2015

March 27, 2015
  • Smoking can cause colorectal cancer and vision loss (macular degeneration), two critical health problems addressed in this year’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign.
  • The Tips campaign is a “best buy” for public health, costing only $393 per year of life saved—see how it works in this infographic Cdc-pdf[PDF-1.6MB].
  • You can promote smoking cessation by using and sharing Tips campaign resources, including videos, social media messages, print ads, buttons, and more.

February 6, 2015
  • More than 58 million nonsmokers in the US—including 15 million children ages 3-11—are exposed to secondhand smoke, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs.
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke kills more than 41,000 adult nonsmokers each year from heart disease and lung cancer and more than 400 infants from sudden infant death syndrome.
  • Proven interventionsExternal, including adopting smoke-free policiesExternal for public and residential buildings, can reduce secondhand smoke exposure.

July 11, 2014
  • According to a new Surgeon General’s report, smoking and secondhand smoke cause 480,000 deaths annually in the US, and for every smoking-related death, more than 30 people live with a smoking-related illness.
  • CDC’s 2012 Tips from Former Smokers campaign led to an estimated 1.64 million Americans trying to quit smokingExternal, and at least 100,000 of those smokers are expected to stay smokefree.
  • The 2014 Tips campaign features new diseases and conditions in former smokers: HIV and stroke, gum disease/tooth loss, and premature birth.

January 24, 2014

November 22, 2013

April 12, 2013

February 8, 2013

November 9, 2012

March 16, 2012

November 10, 2011

September 9, 2011

August 26, 2011

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Page last reviewed: November 9, 2015