As a former pack a day smoker, I can tell you that smoking is enjoyed by many, and for a long time. So long in fact, most smokers do not quit, at least not forever. Here are more smokers facts, just in case you’re thinking of picking up the habit.
Smokers on average live 10 years less than a non smoker. Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the world. Cigarettes are the leading cause of fire death in the US.
When you smoke a cigarette, most people inhale only 1 milligram of nicotine. For some people, that is all it takes to become addicted. Smoking can cause cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and lung diseases like emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction. The World Health Organization says there are 1.1 billion smokers in the world today. They say that number will be more like 1.6 billion by 2025. Eight in 10 people with emphysema smoke cigarettes. Smoking causes 1 in 5 deaths in the United States every year. Tobacco causes 480,000 deaths per year in the US. Smokers are three times as likely to die from a heart attack than non-smokers. The World Health Organization claims half of all smokers will die as a result of tobacco use. China alone is home to more than 300 million smokers. They consume 1.7 trillion cigarettes every year, also known as three million cigarettes per minute.
When you smoke a cigarette, nicotine reaches your brain within 10 seconds. Nicotine has been found in every part of the body and in breast milk. 41,000 deaths each year in the United States is from secondhand smoke. Children who smoke are more than 15 times likely to go on to narcotic drugs than non-smokers. 1 in every 3 cigarettes smoked globally is in China. Smoking kills more than AIDS, alcohol, motor vehicles, homicide, illegal drugs, and suicide combined Each cigarette is made with more than 20% sugar, a little known fact. And also something that most diabetics don’t know, but hence the warning against people with diabetes not to smoke. Smoking and tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths around the world each year. Trends show this number increasing to more than 8 million deaths a year as of 2030.
For each person that dies from a smoking-related disease, 20 more people suffer from a smoking-related illness. It only costs about 5¢ to produce a pack of cigarettes. In most countries, 18 is the legal age to buy cigarettes. But in Japan, you must be at least 20. Every day, more than 3,200 children try their first cigarette. Smokers inhale more than 70% of the tar and nicotine when they smoke. The following states have the least smokers: Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. 2,100 young adults turn into daily smokers each day.
American brands like Marlboro, Kool, Camel, and Kent own roughly 70% of the global cigarette market. The World Health Organization approximates that 25% of cigarettes sold around the world are smuggled. Only 20% of the world’s population is protected by smoking laws. The amount of nicotine in cigarettes is on the rise, and has been. Some brands are as using as much as 11% more nicotine in their cigarettes. 9 out of 10 smokers starts before they turn 18 and almost all of them start smoking by age 26. Smoking is the most traded item on the planet, with 1 trillion being sold from country to country. Cigarette smoke contains more than 700 chemicals. Of those, 70 of them are known to cause cancer. Smokers are about twice as likely to die from cancer than non-smokers.
The best advice is to not ever start smoking and if you do, quit as soon as possible. This facts are interesting but not good.