Smoking Facts and Tobacco Statistics

Tobacco offers us a life of slavery, a host of chronic, debilitating illnesses and ultimately death. And think about it: We pay big bucks for those "benefits." Sad, but true.

If you're a smoker wishing you could quit, make your mind up to dig your heels in and do the work necessary to get this monkey off your back now. You'll never regret it.

Smokers tell themselves lies that allow them to smoke with some level of comfort. They say they have time to quit...that cancer doesn't run in their family...that they can quit any time they want to...that the bad things happen to other people. And because smoking is typically a slow killer, those lies support the framework of their wall of denial for years and years.

Eventually though, most smokers find that the wall begins to crumble, and bit by bit, smoking becomes a fearful, anxious activity. This is when most smokers start seriously thinking about how they might find a way to quit smoking for good.

A crucial step in the recovery process from nicotine addiction involves breaking through that wall of denial to put smoking in the proper light.

If you're thinking that it's time to quit smoking, or have just quit and need some motivation to keep going, use the smoking facts below to fuel the fire in your belly that will help you beat your smoking habit, once and for all.

1) There are 1.1 billion smokers in the world today, and if current trends continue, that number is expected to increase to 1.6 billion by the year 2025.

2) China is home to 300 million smokers who consume approximately 1.7 trillion cigarettes a year, or 3 million cigarettes a minute.

3) Worldwide, approximately 10 million cigarettes are purchased a minute, 15 billion are sold each day, and upwards of 5 trillion are produced and used on an annual basis.

4) A typical manufactured cigarette contains approximately 8 or 9 milligrams of nicotine, while the nicotine content of a cigar is 100 to 200 milligrams, with some as high as 400 milligrams.

5) There is enough nicotine in four or five cigarettes to kill an average adult if ingested whole. Most smokers take in only one or two milligrams of nicotine per cigarette however, with the remainder being burned off.

6) Ambergris, otherwise known as whale vomit is one of the hundreds of possible additives used in manufactured cigarettes.

7) Benzene is a known cause of acute myeloid leukemia, and cigarette smoke is a major source of benzene exposure. Among U.S. smokers, 90 percent of benzene exposures come from cigarettes.

8) Radioactive lead and polonium are both present in low levels in cigarette smoke.

9) Hydrogen cyanide, one of the toxic byproducts present in cigarette smoke, was used as a genocidal chemical agent during World War II.

10) Secondhand smoke contains more than 50 cancer-causing chemical compounds, 11 of which are known to be Group 1 carcinogens.

11) The smoke from a smoldering cigarette often contains higher concentrations of the toxins found in cigarette smoke than exhaled smoke does.

12) Kids are still picking up smoking at the alarming rate of 3,000 a day in the U.S., and 80,000 to 100,000 a day worldwide.

13) Worldwide, one in five teens age 13 to 15 smoke cigarettes.

14) Approximately one quarter of the youth alive in the Western Pacific Region (East Asia and the Pacific) today will die from tobacco use.

15) Half of all long-term smokers will die a tobacco-related death.

16) Every eight seconds, a human life is lost to tobacco use somewhere in the world. That translates to approximately 5 million deaths annually.

17) Tobacco use is expected to claim one billion lives this century unless serious anti-smoking efforts are made on a global level.


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ritakml said...

Other drugs are illegal but tobacco is not although it's addictive and costs the state HUGE buck in hospitalisation. These same people call themselves 'free' but they are trapped in the most state approved enslaving system of them all. Slaves to addiction who will burn money for smoke and fuel the modern slavery system. Addicts are not and will never be free people.

Yawmiyat Moughtareb said...

Smoking people are in general annoying because they want to smoke everywhere and don't care about others. In fact, you can't ask someone who doesn't care about himself to care about you and others. Grow up people, smoking isn't cool and doesn't give a good image in society...It gives you two things...Bad smell and a lot of diseases...Some people stop eating tomatoes or letuce because they heard on some TV station that they may contain some harmful products, but they continu smoking even if it's proved that smoking is harmful...and this stupid response of "How many years will smoking take from me? I don't want them..." :s

Anonymous said...

Smokers are the ideal example of people in Denial.
there's nothing remotely excusable about smoking, cool or tempting... smokers stink of smoke and stick of denial and arrogance..
Efforts to reduce smoking should be extreme... Thanks for the stats..

Danielle said...

I admire you for trying to instill change in your fellow Lebanese! Give them the awareness they aren't getting from the Health Ministry!