Toll of Tobacco in the United States

The Toll of Tobacco in Washington, D.C.

Updated March 19, 2014

The Toll of Tobacco in Washington, D.C.

High school students who smoke 12.5% (3,900)
Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco 6% (females use much lower)
Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year 300
Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year 1 million
Adults in Washington, DC who smoke 19.6% (102,400)

 

U.S. National Data (2011)

High school smoking rate: 18.1%
Male high school students who use smokeless tobacco: 12.8%
Adult smoking rate 19.0%

 

Deaths in Washington, DC from Smoking

Adults who die each year from their own smoking 700
Kids now under 18 and alive in Washington, DC who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking 7,000

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 Washington, DC

Annual health care costs in Washington, DC directly caused by smoking $391 million
Portion covered by the state Medicaid program $78 million
Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures $600 per household
Smoking-caused productivity losses in Washington, DC $232 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 Washington, DC

Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide $8.8 billion
Estimated portion spent for Washington, DC marketing each year $8.7 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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More detailed fact sheets on tobacco's toll in each state are available by emailing factsheets@tobaccofreekids.org