Adult Smoking in the United States

According to 2010 statistics; 1 out of 5 adults in the U.S. smoke, 45.3 million people, however some are smoking fewer cigarettes. Unfortunately there is no safe level of smoking and 50 percent of adults who continue to smoke will die from a smoking related illness.

Tobacco use is still the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S. Between the years of 2005 and 2010 American adults who smoke decreased from 20.9 percent to 19.3 percent, which is nearly 3 million fewer smokers.

Even though nicotine is highly addictive you still can quit smoking if you set your mind to it. Nearly 450,000 Americans die of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke each year. Besides losing people we love smoking costs the US about $96 billion each year in direct medical costs.