Tobacco

Facts and Statistics

  • Each day, more than 3,200 people under 18 smoke their first cigarette, and approximately 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers.


  • 9 out of 10 smokers start before the age of 18, and 98% start smoking by age 26.

  • 1 in 5 adults and teenagers smoke.

  • More than 16 million people already have at least one disease from smoking.

  • 15% of high school boys use smokeless tobacco, and an estimated 9% of all high school students use smokeless tobacco.