Pennsylvania Tobacco Facts

  • 130,400 Pennsylvania high school students smoke
  • 17,300 youth in Pennsylvania will become new daily smokers every year
  • 858,000 young Pennsylvanians will be exposed to secondhand smoke at home
  • 300,000 kids now under 18 and living in Pennsylvania will ultimately die prematurely
    from smoking
  • Smoking-caused health costs in Pennsylvania reach over 5 BILLION dollars
  • Tobacco use kills more than 400,000 people each year in the U.S., more than the total number killed by AIDS, alcohol, motor vehicles, homicide, illegal drugs, and suicide combined
  • It is estimated  that 1,820 to 3,240 adults, children, and babies die in Pennsylvania each year from others’ smoking (secondhand smoke & pregnancy smoking)
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke has been estimated to result in at least 38,000 annual deaths in the United States and over one million illnesses in children.
  • Since 1970, smokeless, or spit, tobacco has gone from a product used primarily by older men to one used predominantly by young men and boys.Source: Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids