General Tobacco Information

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States3.

Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, and COPD (emphysema & chronic bronchitis). Cigarette smoking causes more than 440,000 deaths each year, including almost 50,000 deaths due to exposure to secondhand smoke or one in five deaths annually and five million deaths worldwide4. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States, and more people die from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. Smoking causes 90% of lung cancer deaths5, and on average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers6.


3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/
4 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/health_effects/tobacco_related_mortality/
5 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/basic_info/risk_factors.htm
6 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/