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The Toll of Tobacco in Colorado
High school students who smoke5.7% (16,600)
Male high school students who smoke cigars (female use much lower)5.5%
High school students who use e-cigarettes25.9%
Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year1,400
Adults in Colorado who smoke13.5% (607,800)
Proportion of cancer deaths in Colorado attributable to smoking25.7%


U.S. National Data
High school smoking rate (2020):4.6%
Male high school students who smoke cigars (2020):5.4%
High school students who use e-cigarettes (2021):11.3%
Adult smoking rate (2019):14.0%


Deaths in Colorado from Smoking
Adults who die each year from their own smoking5,100
Kids now under 18 and alive in Colorado who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking91,000

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 Colorado
Annual health care costs in Colorado directly caused by smoking$1.89 billion
Medicaid costs caused by smoking in Colorado$386.3 million
Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures$717 per household
Smoking-caused productivity losses in Colorado$1.27 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 Colorado
Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide$8.2 billion
Estimated portion spent for Colorado marketing each year$124.0 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.

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Last updated May. 18, 2021