Updated March 1, 2017
|High school students who smoke||11.1% (4,200)|
|Male high school students who smoke cigars (female use much lower)||9.9%|
|High school students who use e-cigarettes||17.7%|
|Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year||300|
|Adults in Alaska who smoke||19.1% (105,400)|
|Proportion of cancer deaths in Alaska attributable to smoking||31.4%|
|High school smoking rate (2015):||10.8%|
|Male high school students who smoke cigars (2015):||14.0%|
|Adult smoking rate (2015):||15.1%|
|Adults who die each year from their own smoking||600|
|Kids now under 18 and alive in Alaska who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking||14,000|
Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined — and thousands more die from other tobacco-related causes — such as fires caused by smoking (more than 1,000 deaths/year nationwide) and smokeless tobacco use.
|Annual health care costs in Alaska directly caused by smoking||$438 million|
|Medicaid costs caused by smoking in Alaska||$93.2 million|
|Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures||$1,072 per household|
|Smoking-caused productivity losses in Alaska||$205.9 million|
Amounts do not include health costs caused by exposure to secondhand smoke, smoking-caused fires, smokeless tobacco use, or cigar and pipe smoking. Tobacco use also imposes additional costs such as workplace productivity losses and damage to property.
|Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide||$9.1 billion|
|Estimated portion spent for Alaska marketing each year||$18.6 million|
Published research studies have found that kids are twice as sensitive to tobacco advertising as adults and are more likely to be influenced to smoke by cigarette marketing than by peer pressure. One-third of underage experimentation with smoking is attributable to tobacco company advertising.
More detailed fact sheets on tobacco's toll in each state are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org