Cigarettes kill more than 480,000 people in the U.S. every year. And not just smokers. 41,000 of those deaths are from second-hand smoke. That's 1,300 people that die every day because of cigarette smoking.
Smoking is taking years off their lives, too. Smokers will die 10 years earlier than non-smokers. Today more than 16 million Americans are suffering from a disease caused by smoking. It causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases (including emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction), and diabetes.
Caring for these illnesses costs billions of dollars. In the U.S. $133 billion dollars a year is spent on direct medical care for adults with illness caused by cigarette smoke. Tobacco use also costs the U.S. more than $156 billion in lost productivity every year, from both smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.
And the tobacco industry spends millions of dollars every day on advertising and promotions—trying to convince you to smoke ($23 million each day in 2011, per CDC.)
If you quit smoking right now, your health will begin to improve almost immediately.
• In 8 hours excess carbon monoxide is out of your body.
• In 5 days most nicotine is out of your body.
• In 1 week your sense of taste and smell improves.
• In 3 months your lung function increases, meaning less coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.
• In 1 year your risk of heart disease drops by half.
• In 5 years your risk of stroke dramatically decreases.
You also lower your risk of lung cancer and many other types of cancer. You will reduce your risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. If you are a woman, you will reduce your risk for infertility, and if you are already pregnant, you will reduce your risk of having a low birth weight baby.
More than half of adult smokers say they want to quit. Four out of 10 have already tried. Lay down your cigarettes today. You can get free help by calling the Missouri Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669). You can receive free support, advice, and counseling from experienced quitline coaches, a personalized quit plan, and resources to help you quit.