The primary obstacle in trying to quit alone is making the behavioural changes necessary to eliminate the habits associated with smoking
An estimated four million children a year fall ill from exposure to second-hand smoke
3,000 young people become regular smokers every day
Forty-three known carcinogens are in mainstream smoke, sidestream smoke, or both
Smokers in their thirties and forties have a heart attack rate that is five times higher nonsmokers
The resting heart rates of young adult smokers are two to three beats per minute faster than nonsmokers
Smoking reduces the mother’s folate levels, a B vitamin that is important for preventing birth defects
Maternal smoking has been linked to abnormal lung function in children; the defects persist throughout life
The toxins contained in secondhand smoke may be different, and even more potent, than the toxins inhaled by smokers
About 70% of smokers in the United States would like to quit; in any given year, however, only about 3.6% of the country’s 47 million smokers quit successfully
Teens who smoke are three times as likely as nonsmokers to use alcohol, eight times as likely to use marijuana, and 22 times as likely to use cocaine
Deaths caused by smoking were five times higher than the 22,833 deaths arising from: traffic accidents (3,439); poisoning and overdose (881); alcoholic liver disease (5,121); other accidental deaths (8,579); murder and manslaughter (513); suicide (4,066); and HIV infection (234) in the UK during 2002.
Smoking men are 27 times more likely to get lung cancer than men who don’t smoke.
Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has classified second hand smoke as a Group A carcinogen