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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.

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