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  • 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.

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