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 wee
- 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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