Toll of Tobacco in the United States

The Toll of Tobacco in New Jersey

Updated Jan. 8, 2015

The Toll of Tobacco in New Jersey

High school students who smoke 12.9% (60,000)
Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco 9.0% (females use much lower)
Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year 6,900
Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year 12.2 million
Adults in New Jersey who smoke 15.7% (1,079,700)


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 New Jersey from Smoking

Adults who die each year from their own smoking 11,800
Kids now under 18 and alive in New Jersey who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking 143,000

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 New Jersey

Annual health care costs in New Jersey directly caused by smoking $4.06 billion
Portion covered by the state Medicaid program $1.17 billion
Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures $915 per household
Smoking-caused productivity losses in New Jersey $3.15 billion

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 New Jersey

Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide $8.8 billion
Estimated portion spent for New Jersey marketing each year $172 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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