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The Toxic Facts

- Tobacco use kills more than 400,000 people each year in the United States, or more than the total number killed by AIDS, alcohol, motor vehicles, homicide, illegal drugs, and suicide combined.

- Nicotine is one of the most powerfully addictive drugs known. One drop of pure nicotine will kill the average sized person.

- Worldwide, tobacco use kills one person every 6.4 seconds - that is 545 people every hour and 13,100 everyday. In the United States, that is one dead American every 72 seconds.

- Smoking is the single most preventable cause of premature death in the United States.

- People who smoke a pack a day die, on average, 7 years earlier than people who never smoked.

- A pack a day smoker can spend more than $1,000 a year on cigarettes.

- Secondhand smoke is the 3rd leading preventable cause of death in the United States and is responsible for killing up to 50,000 people a year.

- Of the 4,000 chemicals in a cigarette, 43 (ex. carbon monoxide, arsenic, and ammonia) are known to cause cancer.

- Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, lung disease, strokes, and reproductive complications.

- The adverse health effects from smoking account for 440,000 deaths, or nearly 1 out of every 5 deaths, each your in the United States.

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