Cigarette smoking has a huge impact on society, even if it isn’t an action that can be clearly observed. Here are facts collected from: The Department of Health and Human Services, Surgeon’s General 2004 Report, American Lung Association and Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Smokers and nonsmokers are affected by tobacco use in the United States. On an annual basis it is estimated that $97 billion is attributed to loss of productivity in the workplace. This is due to the requested hourly smoke break, time off due to illness from smoking and the inevitable time off due to major complications from the health effects of smoking. Nearly $100 billion is spent each year on health care related to smoking. Additional health care costs associated with exposure to secondhand smoke average $10 billion annually.
Worldwide the use of tobacco accounts for more than 5 million deaths each year. If the trend continues by the year 2030 that number will be an astounding 8 million. In the United States, the health effects of smoking accounts for 1 out of every 5 deaths. On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers. Even though cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death, it continues to make its way into society by affecting the quality of life for all individuals exposed to the emanating smoke of someone using a cigarette. The total economic costs or direct medical costs and loss of productivity associated with cigarette smoking are estimated at $10.47 per pack of cigarettes.
Studies show that men are more likely to smoke than women. Twenty four percent of men in the United States smoke, that’s approximately 26 million men. Women make up eighteen percent of smoking adults or 21 million women. If current tobacco patterns continue, an estimated 6.4 million children will die prematurely from a smoking-related disease. Each day, nearly 6,000 children under 18 years of age start smoking. Of these, nearly 2,000 will become regular cigarette smokers.
The preceding facts clearly show how society is affected by tobacco use. Cigarettes are in their own right an obvious but silent epidemic.