Toll of Tobacco in the United States

The Toll of Tobacco in Alaska

Updated Jan. 8, 2015

The Toll of Tobacco in Alaska

High school students who smoke 10.6% (4,100)
Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco 12.7% (females use much lower)
Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year 600
Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year 800,000
Adults in Alaska who smoke 22.6% (123,600)


U.S. National Data (2013)

High school smoking rate: 15.7%
Male high school students who use smokeless tobacco: 14.7%
Adult smoking rate 17.8%


Deaths in Alaska from Smoking

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.

Smoking-Caused Monetary Costs in Alaska

Annual health care costs in Alaska directly caused by smoking $438 million
Portion covered by the state Medicaid program $93.2 million
Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures $1,183 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.

Tobacco Industry Influence in Alaska

Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide $8.8 billion
Estimated portion spent for Alaska marketing each year $18.5 million

Published research studies have found that kids are twice as sensitive to tobacco advertising than 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.

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