Smoking & Vaping

Every day, almost 2,500 children under 18 years of age try their first cigarette, and more than 400 of them will become new, regular daily smokers.  Half of them will ultimately die from their habit. Our hope is that we can bring to light the necessary information so that folks can make informed decisions on smoking and learn about the long-term effects. This page provides smoking data and statistics, informative resources, and locations near you that can help with quitting or limiting your smoking intake. 


Data on Tobacco Use

About Smoking

Every day, more than

people in this country die due to smoking

For each of those deaths, at least two young adults or younger become daily smokers. Almost 90% of those replacement smokers smoke their first cigarette by age 18. (

In 2015, 9.3% of high school students reported smoking cigarettes in the last 30 days. This is down 74% from 36.4% in 1997, the peak year following the increasing first half of the 1990s. (

Youth Tobacco Use

On average, American kids try smoking for the first time at age



Teenage smokers suffer from shortness of breath almost three times as often as teens who don’t smoke, and produce phlegm more than twice as often as teens who don’t smoke. (WHO)

Smoking hurts young people’s physical fitness in both performance and enduranceeven among young people trained in competitive running.(1) On average, someone who smokes a pack or more of cigarettes each day lives 7 years less than someone who never smoked. (WHO)

What happens after you quit?

20 minutes: your heart rate and blood pressure drop.

12 hours: the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

2-12 weeks: your circulation improves and your lung function increases.

1-9 months: coughing and shortness of breath decrease.

1 year: your risk of coronary heart disease is about half that of a smoker’s.

5 years: your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.

10 years: your risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker and your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decreases.

15 years: the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker’s.

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