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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