Tobacco: The True Cost of Smoking (Infographic)

According to the National Cancer Institute, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US.

Cigarette smoking causes an estimated 443,000 deaths per year.Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States, and 90 percent of lung cancer deaths among men and approximately 80 percent of lung cancer deaths among women are due to smoking.2

Aside from the health problems associated with tobacco use, it inflicts enormous monetary costs as well. Despite these serious hazards, more than 45 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.

This infographic from the American Cancer Society gives us a glimpse of the true cost of tobacco use.

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These facts about the dangers of cigarette smoking and tobacco use are not only accurate - they're convincing. There are countless resources to help smokers quit and learn more about the consequences of smoking:

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1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Current Cigarette Smoking Among Adults - United States, 2011. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

2Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2004 Surgeon General's Report - The Health Consequences of Smoking.