Tobacco 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)
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.