Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease, causing approximately 440,000 premature deaths in the United States each year.
• Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body and can cause chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke, as well as cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth, bladder, cervix, pancreas, and kidneys.
• Nearly 70% of the more than 45.4 million American adults who smoke cigarettes want to quit.
• Approximately 80% of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18. Every day, more than 2,000 young people under age 18 become daily smokers.
• If current smoking patterns in the United States persist, approximately 5 million of today’s children will die prematurely of tobacco-related diseases.
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