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Health Reports & Data

Tobacco Use

Tobacco use, including cigarette and cigar smoking as well as smokeless tobacco use, is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Cigarette smoking accounts for approximately 1 of every 5 deaths each year or about 443,000 deaths in the United States each year.1 Nationally, some 3,600 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 start smoking each day and another 1,100 young people progress from experimenting with cigarette use to becoming daily smokers. In 2007, 20% of high schools students reported current cigarette use.2

1 CDC. Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Productivity Losses—United States, 2000–2004. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report [serial online].2008;57(45):1226–1228 [Accessed 2009 Jul 20].
2 CDC. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance—United States, 2007 [pdf 1M] Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report [serial online] 2008;57(SS-4):1–131. [Accessed 2009 Jul 20].