Cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, 69 of which
are known to cause cancer.
Quitting smoking cuts the risk of lung cancer, many other
cancers, heart disease, stroke, other lung diseases, and
other respiratory illnesses.
Among infants to 18 months of age, secondhand smoke is
associated with 300,000 cases of bronchitis and pneumonia
About 8.6 million people in the U.S. have at least one
serious illness caused by smoking.
Secondhand smoke is classified by the EPA as a known human
In 1908 a law was passed in New York City making it illegal
for women to smoke in public.
Smoking is a major factor in coronary heart disease and
Smoking is responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung
When inhaled in cigarette smoke nicotine reaches the brain
faster than drugs that enter the body intravenously.
If both parents smoke, a teenager is more than twice as
likely to smoke than a child whose parents are both
In 17th-century Massachusetts, smoking was legal only at a
distance of five miles from any town.
President Lyndon Johnson used to smoke three packs of
cigarettes a day.
Pregnant women who smoke are more likely to deliver
A person who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day will on
average lose two teeth every ten years.
Smokers are likely to die on average six and a half years
earlier than non-smokers.
People that smoke have 10 times as many wrinkles as a person
that does not smoke.
Three years after a person quits smoking, their chance of
having a heart attack falls substantially.
Studies show that couples that smoke during the time of
conception have a higher chance of having a girl.
The Cree Indians used smoking pipes as currency.
The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less
sleep a night.
Smoking in pregnancy accounts for an estimated 20 to 30
percent of low-birth weight babies.
As smoking declines among the White non-Hispanic population,
tobacco companies have targeted both African Americans and
Hispanics with intensive advertising.
When Sir Walter Raleigh introduced tobacco into England in
the early 1600s, King James argued against its use.
More than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are from