May 31 is the WHO’s World No Tobacco Day. And despite all the awareness campaigns, education and advice – people are still lighting up.
In fact, according to the CDC:
- More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking.
- Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from second-hand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.
- On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than non-smokers.
- If smoking continues at the current rate among U.S. youth, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness.
- This represents about one in every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger who are alive today.
With marketing toward youth increasing and e-cigarettes and vaping now a part of the mainstream – is the fight against big tobacco becoming even harder? There’s a lot there to cover and that’s where our experts can help.
Dr. Martha Tingen is a behavioral nurse scientist targeting prevention of tobacco use in children. She is available to speak with media any time – simply click on her icon to arrange an interview.
Martha Tingen Associate Director, Cancer Prevention, Control and Population Health
Dr. Martha Tingen is a behavioral nurse scientist targeting prevention of tobacco use in children.