An estimated 45 million American adults currently smoke cigarettes.
- Nearly 90% of adult smokers begin while in their teens.
Mortality & Morbidity Data
- Every year, cigarette smoking kills 1 in 5 (443,000) people in the U.S.
- Smoking accounts for at least 30% of cancer deaths and 87% of lung cancer deaths.
- 8.6 million people in the United States currently suffer from a smoking-related illness.
Secondhand Smoke Data
- Nearly 50,000 of adult non-smokers die each year from exposure to second hand smoke
- Secondhand smoke exposure costs the U.S. $4.98 billion in healthcare expenditures each year.
- Tobacco costs the U.S. more than $96 billion in health care expenditures each year.
- The tobacco industry spends $10.5 billion on marketing its products nationwide.
Other things to know
- The average pack of cigarettes in the United States costs $5.29 (including sales tax).
- 75% of workplaces in the United States have smoke-free policies.
- 15.4% of adults smoke in Connecticut.
- 16.2% of adult men smoke in Connecticut.
- 14.7% of adult women smoke in Connecticut.
- 24% of people 18 to 24 years old smoke in Connecticut.
- Each year 4,700 people in Connecticut die from smoking.
- Each year 440 people die from secondhand smoke exposure in Connecticut.
- In 2008 155.8 million packs of cigarettes were sold to Connecticut residents.
- The average retail cost of a pack of cigarettes in Connecticut is $7.45.
- In Connecticut cigarette taxes are $3.40, the 3rd highest in the nation.
Smoking-caused Monetary Costs in Connecticut
- Annual health care costs in Connecticut directly caused by smoking: $1.63 billion.
- Portion covered by the state Medicaid program: $430 million.
- Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures: $665 per household.
- Productivity losses: $1.03 billion.
- Each year tobacco companies spend $98.4 million on tobacco product marketing in Connecticut.
Data on Quitting Smoking
- 70% of Connecticut’s smokers indicate they want to quit.
- 45% of Connecticut’s smokers attempt to quit each year.
- 5% of Connecticut smokers are successful for longer than 12 months.
- Each year nearly 4,000 kids in the United States try their first cigarette.
- Each day 1,000+ kids become regular, daily smokers.
- There are nearly 400,000 new underage daily smokers in this country each year.
- 20% of high school students are current smokers by the time they leave high school.
- Kids consume 800 million packs of cigarettes each year.
- Tobacco companies market to kids as young as 14 years old.
- More than 15.5 million kids are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.
- Each year 4,300 kids begin smoking in Connecticut.
- More than 30,000 high school students smoke tobacco.
- Each year kids buy 7 million packs of cigarettes.
- Each year 186,000 kids are exposed to secondhand smoke in Connecticut.
- 76,000 kids will ultimately die prematurely from smoking.