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  • Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body.1
  • Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.
  • The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars each year on cigarette advertising and promotions.4
  • Smoking costs the United States billions of dollars each year.1,5
  • State spending on tobacco prevention and control does not meet CDC-recommended levels.1,6,7
  • 15.1% of all adults (36.5 million people): 16.7% of males, 13.6% of females were current cigarette smokers in 2015.8
  • Thousands of young people start smoking cigarettes every day.1
  • Many adult cigarette smokers want to quit smoking.

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