Weird Things You Never Knew About Smoking

As a former pack-a-day smoker, I can tell you that smoking is enjoyed by many, and for a long time. So long in fact, most smokers do not quit, at least not forever. Here are more smokers facts, just in case you’re thinking of picking up the habit.

  • Smokers on average live 10 years less than non-smokers.
  • Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable death in the world.
  • Cigarettes are the leading cause of fire death in the US.
  • When you smoke a cigarette, most people inhale only 1 milligram of nicotine. For some people, that is all it takes to become addicted.
  • Smoking can cause cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and lung diseases like emphysema, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction.
  • The World Health Organization says there are 1.1 billion smokers in the world today.  They say that number will be more like 1.6 billion by 2025.
  • Eight in 10 people with emphysema smoke cigarettes.
  • Smoking causes 1 in 5 deaths in the United States every year.
  • Tobacco causes 480,000 deaths per year in the US.
  • Smokers are three times as likely to die from a heart attack than non-smokers.
  • The World Health Organization claims that half of all smokers will die as a result of tobacco use.
  • China alone is home to more than 300 million smokers. They consume 1.7 trillion cigarettes every year, also known as three million cigarettes per minute.
  • When you smoke a cigarette, nicotine reaches your brain within 10 seconds. Nicotine has been found in every part of the body and in breast milk.
  • 41,000 deaths each year in the United States is from secondhand smoke.
  • Children who smoke are more than 15 times likely to go on to narcotic drugs than non-smokers.
  • 1 in every 3 cigarettes smoked globally is in China.
  • Smoking kills more than AIDS, alcohol, motor vehicles, homicide, illegal drugs, and suicide combined
  • Each cigarette is made with more than 20% sugar, a little known fact. And also something that most diabetics don’t know, but hence the warning against people with diabetes not to smoke.
  • Smoking and tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths around the world each year.  Trends show this number increasing to more than 8 million deaths a year as of 2030.
  • For each person that dies from a smoking-related disease, 20 more people suffer from a smoking-related illness.
  • It only costs about 5¢ to produce a pack of cigarettes.
  • In most countries, 18 is the legal age to buy cigarettes. But in Japan, you must be at least 20.
  • Every day, more than 3,200 children try their first cigarette.
  • Smokers inhale more than 70% of the tar and nicotine when they smoke.
  • The following states have the least smokers: Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
  • 2,100 young adults turn into daily smokers each day.
  • American brands like Marlboro, Kool, Camel, and Kent own roughly 70% of the global cigarette market.
  • The World Health Organization approximates that 25% of cigarettes sold around the world are smuggled.
  • Only 20% of the world’s population is protected by smoking laws.
  • The amount of nicotine in cigarettes is on the rise, and has been. Some brands are as using as much as 11% more nicotine in their cigarettes.
  • 9 out of 10 smokers starts before they turn 18 and almost all of them start smoking by age 26.
  • Smoking is the most traded item on the planet, with 1 trillion being sold from country to country.
  • Cigarette smoke contains more than 700 chemicals. Of those, 70 of them are known to cause cancer.
  • Smokers are about twice as likely to die from cancer than non-smokers.

The best advice is to not ever start smoking and if you do, quit as soon as possible. These facts are interesting but not good.


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