Smoking & Tobacco Use Facts

Costs and Expenditures

The cigarette industry spends billions each year on advertising and promotions.

– $12.5 billion total spent in 2006
– $34 million spent a day in 2006

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

– Cigarette smoking costs more than $193 billion (i.e., $97 billion in lost productivity plus $96 billion in health care expenditures).

– Secondhand smoke costs more than $10 billion (i.e., health care expenditures, morbidity, and mortality).

State spending on tobacco control does not meet CDC-recommended levels.

Smoking Woman

Sexy Woman Smoking

– Collectively, states have billions of dollars available to them—from tobacco excise taxes and tobacco industry legal settlements—for preventing and controlling tobacco use. States currently use a very small percentage of these funds for tobacco control programs.

– In 2011, states will collect $25.3 billion from tobacco taxes and legal settlements, but states are spending only 2% of the $25.3 billion on tobacco control programs.

– Investing only about 15% (i.e., $3.7 billion) of the $25.3 billion would fund every state tobacco control program at CDC-recommended levels.

Tobacco Use in the United States

Percentage of U.S. adults who were current smokers in 2009:

– 20.6% of all adults (46.6 million people) – 21.3% of African American adults – 23.2% of American Indian/Alaska Native adults – 12.0% of Asian American adults – 14.5% of Hispanic adults – 22.1% of white adults


–Adult is defined as 18 years of age or older.
–Current smokers are defined as persons who reported smoking at least 100 cigarettes during their lifetime and who, at the time of interview, reported smoking every day or some days.
–Percentage for Asian American adults does not include Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

Thousands of young people and adults begin smoking every day.

Smoking Teen

Teenager Smoking a Cigarette

– Each day, about 3,450 young people between 12 and 17 years of age smoke their first cigarette.
– Each day, about 850 persons younger than 18 years of age begin smoking on a daily basis.
– Each day, about 2,200 adults 18 years of age or older begin smoking on a daily basis.

Many adult smokers want or try to quit smoking.

– Approximately 70% of smokers want to quit completely. – Approximately 45% of smokers attempted to quit in 2008.

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