Top 10 Shocking Facts About Cigarette Smoking

  1. Statistically, every cigarette you smoke takes off 11 minutes of your life.
  2. There are 1.1 billion smokers in the world today.
  3. 70% of Chinese men smoke.
  4. If both parents smoke, a teenager is more than twice as likely to smoke than a young person whose parents are both non-smokers.
  5. If all women quit smoking during pregnancy, about 4,000 new babies would not die each year.
  6. If the mother smoked during pregnancy, her baby will average 6 ounces less and its pulse will be 30% faster than a non-smoker’s baby.
  7. Smoking-related diseases cause an estimated 440,000 American deaths each year.
  8. Smoking costs the United States over $150 billion annually in health care costs.
  9. A smoker will need an average of 7.5 sick days per year.  A non-smoker will need only 4.5.
  10. Ten years after quiting smoking, a person’s risk of lung cancer and heart disease returns to that of a non-smoker.