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Shocking Smoking Facts, The Tobacco Companies Don't Want You To
|Smoking is a
global problem. It is estimated that one in three adults smoke,
with over 1 billion people smoking worldwide. The majority of
these smokers reside in countries on the low end to the middle
of the socioeconomic spectrum. Of this majority, about 80% live
in low and middle-income countries. The total number of smokers
worldwide is expected to keep on increasing each year.
The worldwide popularity of tobacco use varies by social class, historical
era, and culture. Historically, smoking had been a pastime of
the rich. However, this trend has changed dramatically in recent
decades. It appears that financially advantaged men in wealthier
countries have been smoking less in recent times.
The World Health Organization has been studying smoking trends and
statistical patterns across the globe and has uncovered the
1) Eastern Europe has a particularly high rate of smoking, with up to 59% of
adult males smoking. Also, significantly more women smoke in
Eastern Europe than in East Asia and the Pacific Region.
2) Most people who smoke, begin smoking before they are 25 years old.
Worldwide observations suggest that people are stating to smoke
at a much younger age. World Health Organization studies reveal
that the majority of smokers in affluent countries; begin in
Smoking In The US
How do Americans compare to the rest of the world when it comes to smoking?
It may come as no surprise to hear that Americans are no better
than anyone else. According to the National Health Interview
Survey (NHIS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
National Center for Health Statistics:
3) In the US, it is estimated that 25.6 million men (25.2%) and 22.6 million
women (20.7%) are smokers. These smokers face a higher risk of
heart attack and stroke. Here are the latest estimates for
smokers’ aged 18 and above:
4) Studies reveal that smoking popularity is significantly higher among
people with 9-11 years of education (35.4%) compared with those
with more than 16 years of education (11.6%).
5) There appears to be a correlation between a country's standard of living,
level of education, and income and the number of people who have
quit smoking. The more and better-informed people are, the more
likely they are to quit smoking.
6) People living below the poverty level (33.3%) are much more likely to
7) Among whites, 25.1% of men and 21.7% of women smoke.
8) Among black or African Americans, 27.6% of men and 18% of women smoke.
9) Among Asians, 21.3% of men and 6.9% of women smoke.
10) Among Hispanics/Latinos, 23.2% of men and 12.5% of women smoke.
11) Among American Indians/Alaska Natives, 32% of men and 36.9% of women
12) A shocking…1 out of every 5 five deaths is caused by tobacco
13) It is estimated that Tobacco is responsible for 400,000 deaths in the US
every single year.
14) Cigarettes are responsible for about 25% of deaths from residential
fires, causing nearly 1,000 fire-related deaths and 3,300
injuries each year.
15) Tobacco is blamed for many serious cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases
16) Nicotine and tobacco are some of the most potent carcinogens and are
responsible for the majority of all cancers of the lung, larynx,
trachea, esophagus and bronchus.
17) Smoking tobacco is known to produce cancer in the pancreas, kidney,
bladder, and the cervix
18) Because tobacco reduces blood flow, nicotine addiction has been proven
to cause impotency.
19) If you smoke, the risk of respiratory illnesses is high. This could lead
to pulmonary diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease and pneumonia, which are responsible for some 85,000
20) Children and adolescents who are active smokers will have increasingly
severe respiratory illness, as they grow older
21) Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage and fetal
growth retardation. It also causes about 5-6% of prenatal
deaths, 17-26% of low-birth-weight births, and 7-10% of pre-term
If you don't want to quit smoking after reading these shocking figures, you
really need to get your head examined. You know in your heart,
what's the right thing to do. Make a firm decision to quit
today, and stick to it!
About the author:
Ben Adams is author of: 'Quit Smoking Now! Secrets Of An Ex Smoker'.
It's an excellant step-by-step guide for anyone who wants to
kick the habit of smoking. Download your FREE copy here: