Here are a few facts that not only support this reasoning, but hopefully compel us to quit or convince others to quit.
• In one year, a pack-a-day smoker in Minnesota spends $1,814.05 on cigarettes. For about the same amount, a smoker could instead enjoy:
o a weeklong vacation for two to Miami Beach (AAA 2008 survey),
o a four-day family vacation for four to Walt Disney World (Fodor’s Travel News, Kim Wright Wiley, January 31, 2008), or
o all new stainless steel kitchen appliances.
• Every pack of cigarettes sold creates $8.80 in health care costs.
• Ninety percent of all adult smokers begin smoking as teenagers.
• Twenty percent of all high school students are smokers.
• Approximately 400,000 Americans die annually because of their own smoking habits.
• Approximately 50,000 Americans die annually because of their exposure to secondhand smoke.
• Smoking kills more people each year than alcohol use, illegal drug use, AIDS, car accidents, murders, and suicides combined.
• More than half of Minnesota’s smokers are trying to quit (Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey, 2007).
Statistics like these are proof that stopping smoking ourselves – or supporting others in quitting – is well worth the effort in terms of the lives and money saved.
Please note: All statistics are from the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, unless otherwise noted.