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Think you already know how unhealthy smoking is? Think again:
- Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable and premature death and disease among all adult populations.
- It results in over 443,000 deaths in the U.S. and nearly 14,470 deaths among Michigan residents each year.
- Someone who smokes a pack or more of cigarettes per day lives an average of 7 years less than someone who never smoked.
- Communities of color suffer a greater burden of tobacco-related death and disease.
- You can also be affected by smoking if you are a nonsmoker, as exposure to secondhand smoke can cause lung and heart disease.
There are more overall effects of smoking you should also know about.
There is good news, though. The benefits of quitting begin as soon as 20 minutes after your last cigarette.
Source: A Report of the Surgeon General, Atlanta, GA 2006: The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke. A Report of the Surgeon General, Atlanta, GA 2012: Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults