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Smoking Statistics | Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you could ever make. Not only does smoking affect your health but the health of those around you. Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States and is responsible for billions of dollars in medical costs and lost productivity costs.

Worldwide Effects of Smoking

  • Tobacco use is responsible for more than 5 million deaths annually.
  • With the current trends associated to tobacco use, deaths will exceed 8 million deaths each year.
  • On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years sooner than nonsmokers.

In the United States it is estimated that over 43 million adults are smokers. That is nearly 20 percent of the population that is over the age of 18.

Percent of Population that Smokes by Gender

  • 22.3 percent are male smokers.
  • 17.4 percent are female smokers.

Smoking Statistics by Age

  • Ages 18 to 24 years - 22 percent
  • Ages 25 to 44 years - 22.8 percent
  • Ages 45 to 64 years - 21 percent
  • Ages 65 and over - 8 percent

Smoking Statistics by Race

  • Blacks - 19.8 percent
  • American Indians - 36.4 percent
  • Asians - 9.6 percent
  • Hispanics - 13.3 percent
  • Whites - 21.4 percent

Smoking Statistics by Education Level

  • 44 percent of adults with a GED diploma
  • 33 percent of adults with 9 to 11 years of education
  • 11 percent of adults with an undergraduate college degree
  • 6 percent of adults with a graduate college degree

Smoking Statistics by Poverty Status

  • 28.8 percent of adults who smoke live below the poverty level.
  • 20.3 percent of adults who smoke live at or above the poverty level.

Number of People Who Start Smoking Each Day

Even with what we know today about the health effects of smoking and the dangers associated with it people continue to start smoking. There are many reasons people start smoking and none of them are good. Each day, nearly 1,000 kids under the age of 18 will start smoking on a daily basis. Eighteen hundred adults, 18 and over, will also start smoking on a daily basis.

Quitting Smoking Statistics

  • Nearly 70 percent of smokers want to quit smoking altogether.
  • Approximately 40 percent of smokers will try to quit this year.
  • About 7 percent will succeed at quitting smoking their first try. That may sound like a small number but it is over 3 million people.
  • 3 to 4 percent of people who quit smoking will do it cold turkey.

Health Effects of Smoking Statistics

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Smoking is the leading cause of many different health issues within our society. Many types of cancers, heart disease, and lung diseases have been directly linked to smoking. For every person who dies from a smoking related disease, 20 more suffer from at least one serious illness related to smoking.

  • 1 out of 5 people die each year from smoking.
  • Over 400,000 people die each year from smoking related illnesses.
  • Nearly 50,000 nonsmokers die annually from secondhand smoke exposure.

Many smokers are lead to believe that quitting smoking is impossible. That is ridiculous! You have it in you right now to quit smoking you just need to believe. Yes, it is going to be tough and you will face challenges but that's true for anything worth obtaining in life. I quit smoking after reading the Easy Quit System. Check it out, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Don't worry if the book is not for you, there are many other types of quit smoking aids that can help you achieve your goal.

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