Nov. 13 smoke facts

November 10, 2000

A habit worth kicking

Some facts about smoking in the United States:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> A 1997 National Health Interview Survey estimated that 48 million adults smoke.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> About 70 percent of smokers want to quit.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Last year, 21 percent of smokers - more than 10 million Americans - took part in the Great American Smokeout.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> More than 88 percent of adult smokers started before they turned 18.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Every day, almost 5,000 children ages 11 through 17 smoke for the first time.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> After being on the decline from 1973 to 1993, cigar smoking has been on the rise.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Large cigars contain between five and 17 grams of tobacco, with some premium brands having as much tobacco in one cigar as an entire pack of cigarettes.


HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Among the cancers that can be related to smoking are adult acute leukemia, adult chronic leukemia, cervical cancer, esophagus cancer, laryngeal cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer, pancreatic cancer and stomach cancer.

Sources: American Cancer Society,, and American Lung Association,

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