How Many Smokers Are There in the USA?

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Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. An estimated 46 million American adults currently smoke cigarettes and annually cigarette smoking causes approximately 443,000 deaths. For every person who dies from tobacco use, another 20 suffer with at least one serious tobacco-related illness. In 2004, this addiction cost the nation more than $96 billion per year in direct medical expenses as well as more than $97 billion annually in lost productivity.


When broken down by race/ethnicity, the numbers were as follows:

Whites : 22.1%

African Americans : 21.3%

Hispanics : 14.5%

American Indians/Alaska Natives : 23.2%

Asian Americans : 12.0%

People of multiple races : 29.5%

There were more cigarette smokers in the younger age groups. In 2009, the CDC reported 24.% of those 25 to 44 years old were current smokers, compared with 9.5% of those aged 65 or older.

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States. Each year in the United States, cigarette smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke causes 443,000—or 1 in 5 deaths. Economic losses are also staggering. Smoking-caused diseases result in $96 billion in health care costs annually.

30 responses to “How Many Smokers Are There in the USA?”

  1. […] Smoking October 18, 2011By EmilyAccording to How Many Are There, there are 46 million smokers in the US. A lot of them die due to bad things that they get from […]

  2. dia says:

    yo bro!!!!!!!!!

  3. dia says:

    smokings cool bro

  4. mitchell says:

    shut up “dia” thats not even something to joke about

  5. jayzee says:

    yo doo that shit crazy! real talk nigga

  6. smoker says:

    smoking is part of life thats why people love it

  7. A maaaad maaan says:

    *** you niggas! smoking sucks!

  8. SE7EN says:

    Live long and prosper.

  9. OUTFORB100D says:

    damn Mexican’s smoking that shit its bad for the environment.

  10. FUNNY says:

    umm it is not funny if that is what u think it is bad u could die

  11. FUNNY says:

    actuly ……….?

  12. jo says:

    u losers smoking could kill u and destroy ur family or it could put u in hospital for a long time

    so get that through stupid skull dopys

  13. Bob says:

    Jo is right you brainless people. STOP SMOKING!

  14. Bob says:

    You guys are all douches seriosly. STOP SMOKING

  15. Mike says:

    Yeah bob is right. For GOODNESS sake stop smoking or it will make your life VERY swift.

  16. Mike says:

    Yeah bob is right. For GOODNESS sake stop smoking or it will make your life VERY swift.

  17. Bob says:

    Hey Mike is right! Anyway, how old are you Mike?

  18. TomCruise says:

    Yeah smoking is a big problem and also a teenage epidemic. There are a lot of underage smokers.

  19. ahmed says:

    u think i give shit u as**** motherfu***s

  20. RN says:

    Smoking may be cool and socially accepted now, but in time you will regret it. Smoking can lead to COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder) which is pretty much like having an elephant sit on your chest. It also causes excess fluid to build up in your lungs making it more and more difficult to breathe. It is really not worth it. Find a new habbit.

  21. Vapor says:

    I smoked for a long time. losing a few too many people to lung cancer got me to quit. although I support the freedom and right every American has to choose to smoke, I do not condone it. I do use a vaporizer as it is harmless but I still get the smoking sensation and nicotine my body craves. I have studied the effects of ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery System) and it is the most logical solution to the smokers problem. PG and VG (Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerin) are harmless and chances are we have all been exposed it inhalation and or ingestion of both. To sum up. Smoking is like Russian Roulette with. There might be more chambers to the gun but eventually your bullet comes up.
    E-Cigs is the future. In the 1980’s we all drank tap water and would never consider paying money for a bottle of water. Look at us now.
    Time to wake up and evolve America.

  22. shaz says:

    dont smoke .smoking kills

  23. No smoke says:

    yal should stop smoking u will die to young and it doesnt feel good wehn u cant breathe

  24. Bob says:

    This author(s) of this article are Full of Sheet.

    According to them the same number of people die from second hand smoke as do chain smokers. That is so far it’s laughable.

    Just another Propagandist article written by an uneducated schmuck. .

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