Facts and Issues
The Facts About Tobacco
Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and around the world. Tobacco killed one hundred million people in the 20th century – and if current trends continue, it will kill one billion people in the 21st century.
We know how to win the fight against tobacco. Science and experience have identified proven, cost-effective solutions that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect non-smokers from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids advocates for these solutions in the United States and around the world.
Our Fact Sheets provide comprehensive information about the toll of tobacco, the proven solutions we support and tobacco industry actions that spread death and disease worldwide. You can also search for Fact Sheets with the Fact Sheet Finder on the right side of this page.
The Toll of Tobacco
In the United States, tobacco use kills more than 480,000 people every year – more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined.
Worldwide, tobacco kills six million people each year. Without urgent action, tobacco will kill eight million people a year by 2030, more than 80 percent of them in low- and middle-income countries.
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