Thursday, April 20, 2006

Tobacco Facts and Statistics

A person dies every 10 seconds from tobacco-related causes.

The average smoker begins by age 15, and is a daily smoker by age 18.

Each year, more than five million years of life could have been saved if every person who died that year from tobacco use had lived to their average life expectancy.

Cigarettes are the most littered item in the world. Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate (a plastic), and can take decades to degrade. The toxic residue contained in each littered butt is released into the environment and water supply. Additionally, discarded cigarette butts are a leading cause of forest fires.

An estimated $853.4 million is spent in Texas each year on marketing efforts by the tobacco industry.

Nearly every adult who smokes (almost 90 percent) took their first puff at or before the age of 18.

Smoking costs the U.S. approximately $97.2 billion each year in health-care costs and lost productivity.

Smoking is directly responsible for 87% of lung cancer cases and causes most cases of emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

A deadly choice — 22.9% of Texas adults smoke — a choice that kills 24,100 persons every year.

Every year 56,900 Texas youth (under age 18) become new smokers.

Approximately one million Texas youth are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.

Every year, 77.4 million packs of cigarettes are bought or smoked by youth.

Secondhand smoke has higher concentrations of toxins than inhaled smoke.

Between 1990–1994, cigarette smoking accounted for 2.2 million deaths — an average of 430,700 deaths a year — or 20% of all U.S. deaths.

If current smoking patterns continue, an estimated 25 million people alive today, including five million people currently under age 18, will die prematurely of a smoking-related disease.

Long-term smokers are as likely to die as a direct result of using tobacco as from all other potential causes of death combined.

In Texas, the annual health care costs directly caused by smoking is an estimated $4.55 billion. The portion covered by the state Medicaid program, $1.26 billion.

87% of youth smokers smoke the three most heavily advertised brands – Philip Morris’ Marlboro, Lorillard’s Newport, and R.J. Reynolds’ Camel (55% of youth smokers prefer Marlboro) – compared to less than half of adult smokers who prefer these brands.

At 30% of the retail price, on average, the U.S. cigarette tax is one of the lowest in the developed world. Increasing tobacco taxes would cut tobacco use.

Although it is illegal to sell and distribute tobacco products to youth under age 18, most underage smokers are able to buy tobacco products.

Smoking a pack of cigarettes a day adds up to about 7,500 cigarettes a year. A person with a 20 year habit — 150,000 cigarettes


Anonymous stopsmokinghabits said...

How to Quit Chewing Tobacco:

Anyone who has ever tried to quit chewing knows that it is difficult. Doctors are saying that chewing tobacco is even more addictive than smoking. In fact, a person taking 8-10 "chews" a day receive as much nicotine in a day as to a person that smokes 30-40 cigarettes a day.

1. Decide you are going to stop. This is the first step in breaking any habit, and overcoming any addiction, and until you make up your mind to do it, you have little chance of success.
2. Remove the temptation. Chewing tobacco is not as easy to "bum" as are cigarettes and not having any on hand will make it easier to resist the urge.
3. Substitute bubble gum, hard candy, or beef jerky if the desire to have something in your mouth is overwhelming. This will do absolutely nothing for the nicotine craving (the chemical dependency), but it will act as a placebo for your desire to chew.
4. Take a day at a time. Since with most addictions, the first day is usually the hardest, it may help to substitute the nicotine in your tobacco with a nicotine patch or gum, but use this sparingly, and decrease the amount incrementally so that after a reasonable period, you will be completely free of the chemical dependency.
5. Keep yourself busy. Starting to quit this habit when you have a lot of idle time may be difficult, since the idea of having a chew is always right there. If you are involved in something which keeps your mind occupied, there will be less time thinking about what you are missing.

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