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10 Facts About Cigarette Smoking

Check out these sobering 10 facts about cigarette smoking.

1. Smoking Cigarettes As Addictive As Cocaine

In 1988, “U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop declared..that nicotine in cigarettes is as addictive as cocaine or heroin.”

Source: Chicago Tribune

2. Cigarette Addiction Starts Very Early

“Almost 70% of adult smokers began smoking before they turned 18. Most smokers try their first cigarette around the age of 11, and many are addicted by the time they turn 14.”

Source: American Lung Association

3. PhilipMorrisUSA: “There is No Safe Cigarette.”

“​Philip Morris USA agrees with the overwhelming medical and scientific consensus that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema and other serious diseases in smokers. Smokers are far more likely to develop such serious diseases than non-smokers.​” “…There is no safe cigarette.”

Source: PhilipMorrisUSA

4. CDC: Cigarette Smoking Kills Many Lives Each Year

“Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States. This is about one in five deaths.”

Source: CDC

5. Average Loss of Life From Cigarette Smoking: 21 Years

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “…state that one quarter or more of all smokers die prematurely from a smoking-induced illness with an average loss of life of 21 years.”

Source: Proof Positive, 372

6. The Doctors: How Smoking Affects Your Body

7. Carcinogens in Cigarettes

“Of the 4,000 identified chemicals [in tobacco smoke], 43 are known to be carcinogens.”

Source: Proof Positive, 379

8. Guess Which Twin is the Smoker.

View the images of the twins on Business Insider’s website.

9. Smoking Cigarettes is Expensive

“The average smoker burns through 13 to 16 cigarettes a day, or four to six packs a week. That adds up. The average smoker forks over at least $1,500 a year, while here in New York City, it’s closer to $3,300.”


10. Deaths and Health Problems from Secondhand Smoke

“Secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard causing more than 41,000 deaths per year. It can cause or exacerbate a wide range of adverse health effects, including lung cancer, respiratory infections, and asthma.”

Source: American Lung Association

Benefits of Quitting Cigarette Smoking

“…Almost without exception, at the end of 72 hours the worst of withdrawal symptoms are history for those who make a complete break with cigarettes.”

Source: Proof Positive, 406.

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