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Smoking Cessation

Smoking Cessation

fast facts about college smoking
(from University of Rhode Island)

  • From 1993 to 1997, current (30-day) cigarette smoking rose by 27.8% in the college population.
  • 28.5% of college students are current smokers.
  • Seniors and 5th year students smoked less than younger students.
  • Average age students said they tried their first cigarette was 14.
  • 1/3 of smokers consider themselves "casual users".
  • Tobacco use is higher among binge drinkers, students who have multiple sex partners or have "a strong party orientation".
  • Fast facts about smoking and tobacco use
    (from Center for Disease Control)
  • Worldwide, tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year.
  • Current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030.
  • Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • In the United States, cigarette smoking is responsible for about 443,000 deaths per year.
  • An estimated 49,000 of these deaths are the result of secondhand smoke exposure.
  • On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
  • Cigarette smoking increases the length of time that people live with a disability by about 2 years.
  • Annually, cigarette smoking costs more than $193 billion
  • Health care costs associated with exposure to secondhand smoke average $10 billion annually.
  • Approximately 19.8% of U.S. adults (43.4 million people) are current cigarette smokers.
  • Prevalence of cigarette smoking is highest among American Indians/Alaska Natives (36.4%), followed by African Americans (19.8%), whites (21.4%), Hispanics (13.3%), and Asians [excluding Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders](9.6%).
  • Among adult smokers, 70% report that they want to quit completely, and more than 40% try to quit each year.
  • Are you trying to quit smoking? Check out these online resources:

    American Cancer Society
    Quit Net
    Why Quit?
    Smoking and Tobacco Use Information

    For more information about quitting smoking, please visit or call Health Services.

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