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The Good

Well yes, there is good news for people looking to stop - you're not alone. The smoking statistics, by 2005, tell us that half of the smokers over the age of 18, reported having quit smoking. There were an estimated 45.9 million adult former smokers in the U.S. in 2005: 25.5 million men and 20.4 million women. In fact, statistics tell us that consumption in the United States has declined by nearly 100 billion cigarettes over the past decade. The smoking facts since 1997, point to a 5% decline in the number of smokers in the U.S., to 20.6% of the population in 2009. However, roughly 24% of US men still smoke, while 17.7% of US women smoke, as of 2009. It is estimated that if the smoking prevalence rates can drop another 5%, 100 million lives can be saved in the next 10 years. Now it's your turn to make that a reality.

The Bad

Worldwide tobacco related deaths have now topped out at 5 million according to the latest figures from the CDC. These are not just random statistics found in a medical journal, but real people who had their lives shortened because of tobacco. That number is expected to grow over the next 20 years to over 8 million. In the United States, 443,000 people die each year from diseases related to smoking and second-hand smoke. That means smoking is responsible for about 1 in every 5 deaths in the U.S. Smoking accounts for 75% of all COPD deaths per year. Add to this another 8.6 million people who suffer from a serious illness because of smoking and you have some very sobering facts.

Studies show that even smoking only 1-4 cigarettes per day can have a significantly negative impact on your health by increasing your risk for death by all causes over non-smokers. These light smokers have an almost 3 times greater risk of dying from ischemic heart disease and women have a dramatically increased risk of dying from lung cancer over non-smoking women.

Smoking and Nicotine

Smoking is viewed clinically as a chronic addictive disease. Genetic and environmental factors contribute to the initiation and persistence of smoking. Recent studies say that about 85% of all smokers are addicted to nicotine. Just think about this for a second, an estimated 371 billion cigarettes were consumed in the U.S. in 2006. Staggering!

Costs associated with quitting

Smoking cessation is always cost effective. You will always save money when you stop smoking, no matter how inexpensive that next pack is. The cost of cigarettes, lost productivity, medical costs, decrease in quality of life and risk of death are all expensive costs to pay over a lifetime. In fact, the most complex and pricey stop smoking program is still cheaper than living a life addicted to nicotine. Few interventions offer the value that smoking cessation does. Here are some more eye opening smoking statistics to consider.

  • It is estimated the total cost of just COPD alone in 2004 was $37.2 billion
  • Between 1997-2001, cigarette smoking cost the economy over $167 billion in annual health care dollars and lost productivity, or an average of $3,702 per adult smoker. Today, that dollar figure has risen to over $193 billion!

  • In the year 2000, smoking related COPD accounted for 8 million trips to the doctor's office, 1.5 million trips to the E.R. and 726,000 admissions to the hospital

These are just amazing smoking facts and tell us that smoking is bad for your health and bad for the economy. Hey, smoking statistics don't lie!

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