Don't Let Tobacco Keep You Out Of The Game


If you want to be the best athlete you can be, don't let tobacco take control of you.  Here are a number of facts and figures on the dangers and risks of tobacco in our communities.

  • 9 out of 10 smokers begin smoking prior to age 18 (before it is legal)

  • Tobacco kills about 7 million people a year and 480,000 people in the U.S.

  • That would be roughly four 747's crashing every day for one year to equal tobacco related deaths.

  • Deaths related to using tobacco are far greater than all other causes of death combined (including deaths from suicide, drug use, and car accidents).

  • Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States.

  • Cigarette smoking approximately doubles a person's risk for stroke.

  • Average cost of a pack of cigarettes = $6.85

  • One pack of cigarettes per day = $47.95 per week.

  • Cost per year at one pack a day = Over $2,500

  • 1 million child illnesses a year are caused by secondhand smoke

  • Secondhand smoke can cause heart disease, and lung cancer

  • Secondhand smoke causes 40,000 deaths in the U.S. every year

  • Chemical flavorings found in e-cigarettes linked to lung disease

  • There are currently more than 7,000 varieties of flavored e-cigarettes and e-juice (nicotine-containing liquid that is used in refillable devices) on the market

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