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By the Numbers

There's power in numbers. It's no secret that smoking is bad for you, but the truth is, the health consequences from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke are more numerous than people know. We've narrowed it down to some of the worst for our lists, including many you might not have thought of.

Top 10 Populations Disproportionately Affected by Cigarette Smoking and Tobacco Use

The good news is smoking rates have decreased over the past decade and are at historically low levels. However, certain parts of the country and populations continue to smoke at high rates.

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10 Health Effects Caused by Smoking You Didn't Know About

Since the U.S. Surgeon General officially confirmed that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer in 1964, we've learned that smoking is responsible for a heap of other awful diseases, contributing to the tobacco epidemic we face today.

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10 of the Worst Diseases Smoking Causes

Smoking cigarettes will kill you, but before you die, you could experience some pretty terrible diseases and health conditions from smoking.

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10 Bad Things the Tobacco Industry Has Done to Entice Kids to Start Smoking

Every day, close to 400 kids and teens who had previously been occasional cigarette smokers become regular cigarette smokers.

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9 of the Worst Diseases You Can Get from Secondhand Smoke

Smoking doesn't just affect smokers; it also has an impact on their families, friends, co-workers, neighbors and even strangers who breathe the smoke-filled air.

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10 of the Most Appalling Facts about Tobacco Company Misdeeds from the Famous Federal Court Ruling

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In 2006, major tobacco companies were found guilty of racketeering, aka organized criminal activity. Here are 10 of the most troubling facts the judge found in her ruling.

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Top 8 Things the Industry Does to Encourage Youth to Use E-Cigarettes

In four short years from 2011 to 2015, e-cigarette use among high school students spiked by 900 percent before finally decreasing a bit in 2016. Here are 8 ways the industry added fuel to the fire.

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    Did You Know?

    1. More than 1 in 5 high school students in the U.S. use at least one tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, according to the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey.
    2. 7.2 percent of middle school students use at least one tobacco product, including e-cigarettes, according to the 2016 National Youth Tobacco Survey.
    3. A 2014 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that about 8 million lives have been saved through tobacco control efforts since 1964, including 800,000 lung cancer deaths between 1975 and 2000.
    4. Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the U.S., killing over 480,000 people per year.
    5. Secondhand smoke kills more than 41,000 people in the U.S. each year.
    6. 28 states and Washington D.C. have passed laws making virtually all public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars smokefree.
    7. Connecticut and New York have the highest cigarette taxes in the country at $4.35 per pack.
    8. Missouri has the lowest cigarette tax in the country at 17 cents per pack.
    9. The average of all states plus the District of Columbia's cigarette taxes are $1.72 per pack.
    10. Ten states have taxes on other tobacco products equivalent to their state's cigarette taxes.
    11. Alaska is the only state that is funding their tobacco control programs at or above the CDC-recommended level (in Fiscal Year 2018).
    12. Three states increased their cigarette taxes in 2017.
    13. No state approved a comprehensive smokefree workplace law in 2017.
    14. 9 states – California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Ohio and South Carolina– offer a comprehensive cessation benefit to tobacco users on Medicaid.
    15. Each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia provide tobacco quitlines, a phone number for quit smoking phone counseling. The median amount states invest in quitlines is $2.10 per smoker in the state.
    16. Maine, New Jersey and Oregon passed legislation increasing their minimum sales ages for tobacco products to 21 in 2017.
    17. Five states and over 280 communities in 18 different states have passed Tobacco 21 laws.
    18. Nationwide, the Medicaid program spends more than $22 billion in healthcare costs for smoking-related diseases each year – more than 11 percent of total Medicaid spending.
    19. In 2009, the American Lung Association played a key role in the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco products.
    20. The American Lung Association played a key role in airplanes becoming smokefree in the 1990s.
    21. 42 states and Washington D.C. spend less than half of what the CDC recommends on their state tobacco prevention programs.
    22. States spend less than three cents of every dollar they get from tobacco settlement payments and tobacco taxes to fight tobacco use.
    23. Each day, more than 2,300 kids under 18 try their first cigarette and close to 400 kids become new, regular smokers.
    24. Each day, close to 1,900 kids try their first cigar. On average, close to 80 kids try their first cigar every hour in the United States – equaling close to 690,000 every year.
    25. Smoking costs the U.S. economy over $332 billion in direct health care costs and lost productivity every year.
    26. The five largest cigarette companies spent over $22 million dollars per day marketing their products in 2015.
    27. Secondhand smoke causes $5.6 billion in lost productivity in the U.S. each year.
    28. Smoking rates are over twice as high for Medicaid recipients compared to those with private insurance.
    29. A 2013 study of California's tobacco prevention program shows that the state saved $55 in healthcare costs for every $1 invested from 1989 to 2008.
    30. A 2012 study of Massachusetts' comprehensive Medicaid quit smoking benefit found that Massachusetts saved $3 for every $1 spent helping smokers quit in just over a year.
    31. In 2017, Kentucky and South Carolina made major improvements to their quit smoking coverage for Medicaid enrollees and others.
    32. Uninsured Americans smoke at a rate two times higher than people with private insurance.
    33. An estimated one third of Americans living in public housing smoke.
    34. One study found persons with behavioral health and substance abuse disorders consume about 40 percent of the cigarettes sold in the U.S.
    35. Native Americans and Alaska Natives have the highest smoking rates among any racial/ethnic group.
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