Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Feature—E-Cigarettes and Young People

Talk with teens and young adults you know about the dangers of e-cigarette use. E-cigarettes, devices that typically deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other additives to users through an inhaled aerosol, are a rapidly emerging trend, and are especially popular among youth and young adults. These devices are referred to by a variety of names, including "e-cigs," "e-hookahs," "mods," "vape pens," "vapes," and "tank systems." E-cigarettes can also be used to deliver other drugs besides nicotine, s

CDC Feature—Tips from Former Smokers Campaign

For more than five years, CDC's Tips From Former Smokers™ campaign has brought compelling messages designed to not only encourage smokers to quit, but to show them the faces and lives of real people who have been negatively impacted by cigarette smoking. You might recall that the first ads were launched in March of 2012, and may even remember Terrie Hall, one of the former smokers featured in the Tips campaign. Terrie shared her story of how smoking since the age of 13 led to her diagnosis of o

CDC Fact Sheet—Adult Cigarette Smoking in the U.S.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or 1 of every 5 deaths.1 In 2015, about 15 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (15.1%) currently* smoked cigarettes. This means an estimated 36.5 million adults in the United States currently smoke cigarettes.2 More than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease.2 Current smoking has declined from nearly 21 of every 100 adu

CDC Feature—National Healthy Homes Month

You and your family deserve a safe and healthy home, free from all environment hazards. One way you can ensure the health and safety of those in your household is to not smoke tobacco products or allow others to smoke these products inside your home. Secondhand smoke exposure causes disease and premature death in nonsmokers. Completely eliminating tobacco smoke indoors is the only way to fully protect those in your household from this preventable health risk. In buildings that have multiple ho

CDC At-A-Glance Report—Tobacco Use

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Every day, more than 3,800 youth younger than 18 years smoke their first cigarette. Each year, nearly half a million Americans die prematurely of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. Another 16 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is at the forefront of the nation’s efforts to reduce deaths and prevent chronic diseases th

CDC Web Page—African Americans and Tobacco Use

Black or African American is defined by the Office of Management and Budget as “a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.”1 There were over 42 million African Americans in the United States in 2014—approximately 13% of the U.S. population.2 Although African Americans usually smoke fewer cigarettes and start smoking cigarettes at an older age, they are more likely to die from smoking-related diseases than whites.3,4,5,6,7,8 * “Current Use” is defined as self-reported

CDC Fact Sheet—Economic Trends in Tobacco Use

In 2014, tobacco companies spent more than $9 billion marketing cigarettes and smokeless tobacco in the United States. This amount translates to nearly $25 million each day, or about $1 million every hour.1 NOTE: Advertising and promotional expenses include items such as magazine ads, distribution of cigarette samples or coupons for free samples, ads posted in retail stores, price discounts, payments to retailers for displaying brands, volume rebates for wholesalers, and direct-mail advertising

CDC Feature—World No Tobacco Day

Learn more about what World No Tobacco Day is. Each year on May 31, CDC joins the World Health Organization (WHO) in observing World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). This observance brings worldwide awareness to the health risks associated with tobacco use, and reinforces the importance of effective strategies to reduce tobacco use. Worldwide, there are about 1.3 billion tobacco users, and every year about 6 million people around the world die from tobacco use. Like WHO, CDC is committed to fighting the

CDC Feature—Get Ready...Set...Quit!

The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout is the perfect starting point. If you're a smoker, setting a date to quit can be an important step in protecting your health and the health of your loved ones. The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout encourages smokers to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking on a specific day. This year, the 41st annual Great American Smokeout will be held on November 17 and will encourage the 36.5 million adults in the U.S.
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