Tobacco Facts & Information

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Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death.1 Every year more than 8,000 Kentuckians die of illnesses caused by smoking.3

-Worldwide, tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030.1

-Cigarette smoking is responsible for about one in five deaths annually (i.e., more than 440,000 deaths per year, and an estimated 49,000 of these smoking-related deaths are the result of secondhand smoke exposure).1

-On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.1

Tobacco use costs the United States billions of dollars each year.1

-Total economic cost of smoking is more than $300 billion a year, including1

-More than $225 billion in direct medical care for adults1

-More than $156 billion in lost productivity due to premature death and exposure to secondhand smoke1