Fast Facts and Fact Sheets
Smoking and Cigarettes
- Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body.
- Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States.
- The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars each year on marketing cigarettes.
- Smoking costs the United States hundreds of 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 2020, 12.5% of U.S. adults (an estimated 30.8 million people) currently smoked cigarettes: 14.1% of men, 11% of women.
- Each day, about 1,600 youth try their first cigarette.
- Many adult cigarette smokers want to quit smoking.
- Secondhand Smoke (SHS) Facts
- Health Effects of Secondhand Smoke
- Smokefree Policies Do Not Hurt the Hospitality Industry
- Smokefree Policies Improve Air Quality in Hospitality Settings
- Smokefree Policies Improve Health
- Smokefree Policies Receive Public Support
- Smokefree Policies Reduce Secondhand Smoke Exposure
- Smokefree Policies Reduce Smoking
- Smokefree Policies Result in High Levels of Compliance
- Ventilation Does Not Effectively Protect Nonsmokers from Secondhand Smoke
Page last reviewed: August 22, 2022