Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. [1]

Multiple health, economic, and emotional costs arise from smoking.

Health Costs: [1]

  • Smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the U.S.  This is nearly one in five deaths.

  • Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causes many diseases, and reduces the health of smokers in general.

  • If nobody smoked, 1 of every 3 cancer deaths in the U.S. would NOT happen

  • Smoking causes more deaths each year than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, and firearm-related incidents combined.

  • On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.


Economic Costs: [2]

  • Annually, smoking costs Minnesota nearly $3 billion in health care costs.

  • The tobacco industry spends an estimated $157 million a year to market its products in Minnesota.

  • The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in Minnesota is $5.58 - while each pack smoked in Minnesota costs an estimated $8.85 in medical expenses and lost productivity.


Emotional Costs: [2]

  • 5,100 Minnesota adults die each year from smoking.

  • In Minnesota, 580,000 moms, dads, sons, daughters, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles continue to smoke.

  • Children of smokers are 2x as likely to smoke as children of nonsmokers.


Secondhand Smoke: [ ]

  • 282,000 Minnesota kids are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.

  • Almost 1/2 of MN adults report being exposed to secondhand smoke during the past week.

  • When a smoker lights a cigarette, more than 7,000 chemicals are released into the air, hundreds of which are hazardous. Secondhand smoke contains 70 known cancer-causing poisons and 250 known toxins. 

  • Secondhand smoke is a known cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), potentially fatal respiratory infections, frequent and severe asthma attacks, and ear infections.

  • More than 40% of children who visit the emergency room for asthma live with smokers.

  • No level of secondhand smoke exposure is safe.




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