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Smoking statistics… The tobacco bigger picture

Smoking statistics… The tobacco bigger picture

Covering death related statistics on smoking and those for the United States.

Smoking statistics tell us something about cigarette smoking. They tell us how big the tobacco industry is and the world it influences. When we know how big that world is in activity, numbers and money, the next question is how can we play our part.

The following are some amazing smoking statistics;

  • 444 000 people die each year due to smoking related illnesses.
  • Smoking causes 1 in 5 deaths in America yearly.
  • A tobacco cigarette smoker increases his/her chance to die before age 55 by 2.5 times as compared to a non-smoker and twice as likely to die at age 75.
  • 1200 Americans die from smoking daily.
  • Smoking is responsible for 1 in 5 deaths in America each year.
  • Over 2500 infant (under 1 year) deaths are attributable to smoking mothers.
  • Since 1964 cigarette smoking statistics show approximately 12 million deaths and today over 8.6 million people worldwide are seriously ill as a result of smoking.
  • 169 400 Americans get lung cancer each year. 156700 or 93% die of the disease. Of those who die 135630 or 87% are smokers.
  • Smoking causes 174 000 deaths in the US related to heart disease.
  • According to the CDC in 1998 tobacco killed 25 times more Americans than illegal drugs combined i.e 418 690 tobacco deaths to 16926 for illegal drugs.
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates the cost of smoking to the US economy yearly to be at $157billion.
  • The global economy currently pays $500 billion smoking related costs.
  • An average smoker spends $1600.00 per yer on cigarettes.
  • $4billion is spent yearly by big tobacco on cigarette advertising more than spent in any other industry.
  • A cigarette pack on average costs 5 cents to produce. On average smokers spent $4.50 or more when buying the same pack.
  • 70% of smokers want to quit. 5% of those try to stay nicotine free for 3 to 12 months.
  • There will be an estimated 1.4 billion smokers by 2010 and 2.2 Billion by 2050.
  • 700 million kids worldwide are exposed to secondhand smoking at home.
  • In the USA there are 26.2 million male smokers and 20.9 million women smokers. Combined they represent about 16% of the total USA population.
  • Cigarette smoke contains 599 additives, 4000 chemicals of which more than 40 are known to cause cancer.
  • Smokers’ lungs keep over 70% of the tar and nicotine they inhale.
  • Tobacco holds a 3% share to global death and disability.
  • Every year 8000 to 26000 kids in the US develop asthma as a result of a parent smoking at least 10 cigarettes a day.
  • Every year in the US 200 000 to 1 million kids have asthma conditions worsened by secondhand smoke.
  • 80% of people with emphysema smoke cigarettes.
  • Nicotine weight is about 3% of total weight in cigarettes.
  • Nicotine is 166 times more toxic than caffeine.
  • An estimated 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are cast to the ground every year worldwide. Cigarette butts contain hazardous chemicals that leach into the ground.
  • For every 300 cigarettes, a tree is cut down
  • 4 miles (6.4 km) of paper per hour is used in manufacturing cigarettes i.e roll and packaging.
  • Cigarette butts take up to 25 years to completely decompose