As a former pack-a-day smoker, I can tell you that smoking is enjoyed by many. 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.