Why We Are Here
We exist to combat the devastaing effects of tobacco consumption.
Did you know?
- Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death in America. 1
- Tobacco smoke has been found to cause health problems to almost all parts of the body. 2
- Smoking causes chronic diseases that are progressive and fatal. 3
- Every year, smoking and other tobacco use kills more than 430,000 Americans—more than heroine, alcohol, cocaine, homicide, suicide, car accidents, fire, and AIDS combined. 1
- Each year, an estimated 47,000 African Americans die from smoking-related diseases. 4
- African Americans suffer disproportionately from chronic and preventable diseases associated with smoking. 5
- African American smokers are at increased risk to die from smoking-related cancer as compared to Whites. 6
- More African Americans die from lung cancer than any other race in the United States. 7
- Even smoking minimal cigarettes per day can increase a person’s chance of getting cancer. 8
- Smokers may still develop lung cancer many years after quitting. 8
- On average, a smoker will lose 10 years of their life for smoking. 8The 10 years lost are more like the “middle” years, the healthy years, and not the last 10 years of the smoker’s life.
- Fifty (50) percent of smokers will die prematurely from a smoking-related disease, while 25 percent will survive due to their genetic make-up. 8
Source of statistics: http://www.follow-the-signs.com
1National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2001). Nicotine addiction. National Institute on Drug Abuse Research Report Series. NIH Publication. Retrieved from http://www.fcd.org/admin/cgi- bin/file.asp?id=46
2National Cancer Institute. (2010). Harms of smoking and health benefits of quitting [Fact sheet]. Retrieved from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Tobacco/cessation
3Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Healthy youth: Tobacco use [Fact sheet]. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/tobacco/index.htm
4Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2003). Pathways to freedom: Winning the fight against tobacco. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking/how_to_quit/pathways/pdfs/pathways.pdf
5U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (1998). Tobacco use among U.S. racial/ethnic minority groups—African Americans, American Indians and Alaskan Natives, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Hispanics: A report of the Surgeon General. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/sgr/1998/complete_report/pdfs/complete_report.pdf
6American Lung Association. (2010). African Americans [Fact sheet]. Retrieved from http://www.lungusa.org/stop-smoking/about-smoking/facts-figures/african-americans-and- tobacco.html
7American Lung Association. (2010). Too many cases, too many deaths: Lung cancer in African-Americans. Retrieved from http://www.lungusa.org/assets/documents/publications/lung-disease-data/ala-lung-cancer-in-african.pdf
8University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey Tobacco Dependence Program. (n.d). Understanding tobacco dependence biology and psychology of addiction industry products & marketing to the addiction [PowerPoint slides].