Percentage of U.S. High School Students Who Smoke Cigarettes
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of US death, disease, and disability. Every day, nearly 3,500 kids under the age of 18 try a cigarette for the first time and 850 of them become daily smokers. Each year, more than 440,000 people die and 8.6 million suffer from serious illnesses from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke. In addition, tobacco use costs the U.S. $193 billion annually in direct medical expenses and lost productivity.
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