Updated March 19, 2014
|High school students who smoke||18.6% (16,800)|
|Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco||25.5% (females use much lower)|
|Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year||2,100|
|Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year||4.3 million|
|Adults in West Virginia who smoke||28.2% (414,900)|
|High school smoking rate:||18.1%|
|Male high school students who use smokeless tobacco:||12.8%|
|Adult smoking rate||19.0%|
|Adults who die each year from their own smoking||3,700|
|Kids now under 18 and alive in West Virginia who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking||47,000|
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 West Virginia directly caused by smoking||$1.00 billion|
|Portion covered by the state Medicaid program||$229 million|
|Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures||$600 per household|
|Smoking-caused productivity losses in West Virginia||$1.01 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.
|Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide||$8.8 billion|
|Estimated portion spent for West Virginia marketing each year||$120.4 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.
More detailed fact sheets on tobacco's toll in each state are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org