Smoking still a major health problem, despite well-known dangers
Posted Nov 19 2009 10:02pm
More than 47 million adults and 4 million youth in the United States smoke cigarettes. Rates of smoking have dropped over the years, but the current statistics indicate that smoking is still a major health problem and cigarettes continue to cause chronic diseases and death.
•12 million Americans have died from smoking since 1964.
•Smoking costs the nation $157.7 billion each year in direct medical costs, lost productivity, and neonatal care.
•About 1 out of every 4 adults and high school students smoke.
•More than 4,000 people smoke their first cigarette each day.
The health consequences of smoking are wide ranging and affect all areas of the body. Smoking is a risk factor for many diseases and conditions, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory diseases, and reproductive problems.