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Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Health Department 249 Billingsley Road Charlotte, NC 28211

Office Location:

Mecklenburg County Health Department 249 Billingsley Road Charlotte, NC 28211

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

Please do not send confidential information via email.
704-336-4700

Get the facts to support being tobacco free.

Tobacco Facts

  • Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 438,000 American lives each year.
  • Tobacco kills 5.4  million people a year- an average of one person every six seconds- also accounts for one in ten adult deaths worldwide.
  • 90% of all adult smokers started when they were kids.
  • If tobacco use trends continue, an estimated 5.6 million Americans younger than 18 years of age who are alive.
  • today are projected to die prematurely from smoking-related diseases.
  • For every 8 smokers that die of a smoking related illness, they take one nonsmoker with them.
  • Tobacco use cost the US an estimated $133 billion in direct medical care per year.
  • An estimated 8.6 million people in the US have at least one serious illness caused by smoking.
  • In 2014, states collected approximately $25.7 billion from tobacco taxes and legal settlements; but only 1% of that was used for prevention and cessation programs.
  • It is estimated that approximately 4.5 million adolescents in the United States smoke.
  • Each day, more than 3,200 persons younger than 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette, an estimated 2,100 of these young people become daily cigarette smokers.
  • In NC, the percentage of high school teens who use some form of tobacco increased form 25% in 2011 to 29.7% in 2013. Much of this increase is due to electronic devices.
  • An estimated 8% of high school students are current smokeless tobacco users; an estimated 3% of middle school students are current smokeless tobacco users.
  • Approximately 41,000 deaths are from second-hand smoke exposure; that accounts for every 1 in 5 deaths or 1,300 deaths per day.
  • Smokers earn up to 10% less than non-smokers.
  • Smokers die significantly earlier than non-smokers: 13.2 years for men and 14.5 years for women.
  • Smoking reduces blood flow to your hands and feet.
  • Smoking causes 87% of lung cancer deaths, 32% of coronary heart disease deaths, and 79% of all cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Second hand smoke exposure is now known to cause strokes in nonsmokers.
  • Changes in the design and composition of cigarettes have increased the risk of adenocarcinoma of the lung, the most common form of lung cancer.
  • At least 70% of the chemical in cigarette smoke are known carcinogens, some levels of these chemicals have increased as manufacturing processes have changed.
  • Cigarette butts can take up to 15 years to decompose.
  • Pets are just as susceptible to second-hand smoke as humans are.
  • A person who uses eight to ten dips a day receives the same amount of nicotine as a heavy smoker who smokes 30 to 40 cigarettes a day.

 

 

 

 

Address

Mailing Address:

Mecklenburg County Health Department 249 Billingsley Road Charlotte, NC 28211

Office Location:

Mecklenburg County Health Department 249 Billingsley Road Charlotte, NC 28211

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.

Contact

Please do not send confidential information via email.
704-336-4700