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  • Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.
  • The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars each year on marketing cigarettes.
  • Smoking costs the United States billions of dollars each year.
  • States do not spend much of the money they get from tobacco taxes and lawsuits to prevent smoking and help smokers quit. CDC recommends that states spend 12% of those funds on tobacco control.
  • In 2018, 13.7% of all adults (34.2 million people) currently smoked cigarettes: 15.6% of men, 12.0% of women.
  • Thousands of young people start smoking cigarettes every day.
  • Many adult cigarette smokers want to quit smoking.

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Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults in the United States

Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults in the United States

Economic Trends in Tobacco

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Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking

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Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Facts

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Smokeless Tobacco: Health Effects

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