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Demographic and Psychosocial Profile of Smoking Among Pregnant Women in Lebanon: Public Health Implications

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Microsoft Word - Tobacco's Toll in USA 7-30-13.doc Tobacco Use in the USA • High school students who are current (past month) smokers: 18.1% or 3.4 million [Boys: 19.9% Girls: 16.1%] • High school males who currently use smokeless tobacco: 12.8% [Girls: 2.2%] • Kids (under 18) who try smoking for the first time each day: 3,500+ • Kids (under 18) who become new regular, daily smokers each day: nearly 1,000 • Kids (4-17) exposed to secondhand smoke: 39.6% • Workplaces that have smoke-free policies: 75.1% • Packs of cigarettes consumed by kids each year: 800 million (roughly $2.0 billion per year in sales revenue) • Adults in the USA who smoke: 19.0% or 43.8 million [Men: 21.6% Women: 16.5%] Deaths & Disease in the USA from Tobacco Use • People who die each year from their own cigarette smoking: approx. 400,000 • Adult nonsmokers who die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke: approx. 50,000 • Kids under 18 alive today who will ultimately die from smoking (unless smoking rates decline): 6,000,000+ • People in the USA who currently suffer from smoking-caused illness: 8.6 million Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined, with thousands more dying from spit tobacco use. Of all the kids who become new smokers each year, almost a third will ultimately die from it. In addition, smokers lose an average of 13 to 14 years of life because of their smoking. Tobacco-Related Monetary Costs in the USA Total annual public and private health care expenditures caused by smoking: $96 billion - Annual Federal and state government smoking-caused Medicaid payments: $30.9 billion [Federal share: $17.6 billion per year. States’ share: $13.3 billion] - Federal government smoking-caused Medicare expenditures each year: $27.4 billion - Other federal government tobacco-caused health care costs (e.g. through VA health care): $9.6 billion • Annual health care expenditures s

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