Reasons to Stop Smoking
Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 (1 in 5) deaths each year in the United States.
Smoking can lead to cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases (emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction), and diabetes.
More than 16 million American suffer from a disease caused by smoking.
On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.
Cigarette smoking is responsible for an estimated 41,000 deaths per year in the United States resulting from secondhand smoke exposure.
Each day, about 2,100 youth and young adults who have been occasional smokers become daily cigarette smokers.
Worldwide, tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year, and current trends show that by 2030, it will be more than 8 million.
For every person who dies from a smoking-related disease, about 30 more people suffer with at least one serious illness from smoking.
Secondhand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States.
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Two-thirds of students prefer to attend a tobacco-free college.
1 in 5 students have experienced some immediate health impact from exposure to secondhand smoke.
5 .Sparks, M., Bell, R.A., Sparks, A., Sutfin, E.L. (2012), Creating a Healthier Campus: A Comprehensive Manual for Implementing Tobacco-Free Policies: Winston-Salem, NC: Wake Forest School of Medicine.
There is no evidence that enrollment has declined at any of the colleges and universities that have gone tobacco-free.
Discarded cigarette butts are a fire hazard and diminish the beauty of the campus.