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Did you know that, on average, 21.9% of High School students smoke? Get the facts to support being tobacco free.

  • Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 438,000 American lives each year. 
  • 90% of all adult smokers started when they were kids, and each day, more than 4,400 kids become regular smokers.
  • For every 8 smokers that die of a smoking related illness, they take one nonsmoker with them.
  • Cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which are known to cause cancer. Smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90% of lung cancer deaths and approximately 80-90% of COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis).
  • People who smoke a pack a day, die on average 7 years earlier than people who have never smoked. 
  • It is estimated that approximately 4.5 million adolescents in the United States smoke.
  • Every year, second-hand smoke is responsible for 35,000-40,000 deaths from heart disease and 3,000 deaths from lung cancer in people who do not smoke.
  • Tobacco kills 5.4 million people a year– an average of one person every six seconds– and accounts for one in ten adult deaths worldwide.
  • 100 million deaths were caused by tobacco in the 20th century.  If current trends continue, there will be up to one billion deaths in the 21st century.
  • Smokers earn up to 10% less than non-smokers.
  • Smoking reduces blood flow to your hands and feet.
  • Smoking can decrease your life expectancy by as much as 25 years.
  • Cigarette butts can take up to 15 years to decompose.
  • Pets are just as susceptible to second-hand smoke as humans are.
  • Teens who smoke don't do as well in schools as non-smokers.
  • Smokers tend to gain more weight in the midsection.
  • A person who uses eight to ten dips or chews a day receives the same amount of nicotine as a heavy smoker who smokes 30 to 40 cigarettes a day.
  • An estimated 8% of High School students are current smokeless tobacco users.  An estimated 3% of middle school students are current smokeless tobacco users.

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