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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.
  • 14.0% of all adults (34.3 million people): 15.8% of men, 12.2% of women were current cigarette smokers in 2017.
  • Thousands of young people start smoking cigarettes every day.
  • Many adult cigarette smokers want to quit smoking.

More Facts and References


  • Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults in the United States
  • Economic Trends in Tobacco
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