Cigarette smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States. Billions of dollars are spent on tobacco related health care expenses each year. College-aged individuals are at the highest risk for becoming tobacco users. This explains why many colleges and universities around the country are becoming smoke and tobacco-free. If this isn’t enough to convince you, look at some additional facts about smoking:
- Smokers reduce their life expectancy by an average of 14 years.
- Smokers are at higher risk of catching colds, flu and other diseases.
- Cigarettes and secondhand smoke include chemicals such as ammonia, arsenic, cyanide and formaldehyde.
- Smoking is the cause of every 1 in 5 deaths in the United States.
- Secondhand smoke causes thousands of deaths each year.
- Smoking is expensive.
- The Real Cost