E-Cigs / Tobacco

header-tobaccoTobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide, causing more than 5 million deaths per year. (WHO)

  • In the United States, tobacco use causes one in five deaths annually (443,000 deaths/year). (CDC)
  • Every day, 88 Floridians die from tobacco-related illnesses. (Tobacco-free Florida)
  • Nationwide, diseases caused by cigarette smoking cost $96 billion annually. (CDC)

Risk Factors

90% of all smokers started before their 18th birthday. In fact, every day in the United States, about 3,600 youth aged 12-17 years try their first cigarette, and about 1100 become daily smokers. (CDC)

Risk factors for teen smoking:

  • Parents, siblings, or friends who smoke
  • Accessibility and availability of tobacco products
  • Perception that tobacco use is the norm
  • Lack of parental involvement
  • Belief in benefits of tobacco
  • Low socioeconomic status
  • Low self esteem
  • Low academic achievement
  • Lack of refusal skills

Smoking and Mental Health

  • There is a strong association between smoking and mental health disorders.
  • People with mental health problems smoke significantly more and have increased levels of nicotine dependency.
  • Smoking also increases the risk of developing a mental health problem.
  • Smoking may be an attempt to self-medicate depression, anxiety, boredom or loneliness.