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Tobacco 101

The Toll of Tobacco in New Hampshire

Updated October 31, 2014

High school students who smoke 13.8% (10,000)
Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco 11.2% (females use much lower)
Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year 1,000
Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year 3 million
Adults in New Hampshire who smoke 16.2% (170,400)

 

U.S. National Data (2013)

High school smoking rate: 15.7%
Male high school students who use smokeless tobacco: 14.7%
Adult smoking rate 18.1%

 

Deaths in New Hampshire from Smoking

Adults who die each year from their own smoking 1,900
Kids now under 18 and alive in New Hampshire who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking 22,000

Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined — and thousands more die from other tobacco-related causes — such as fires caused by smoking (more than 1,000 deaths/year nationwide) and smokeless tobacco use.

 

Smoking-Caused Monetary Costs in New Hampshire

Annual health care costs in New Hampshire directly caused by smoking $729 million
Portion covered by the state Medicaid program $115 million
Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures $623 per household
Smoking-caused productivity losses in New Hampshire $419 million

Amounts do not include health costs caused by exposure to secondhand smoke, smoking-caused fires, smokeless tobacco use, or cigar and pipe smoking. Tobacco use also imposes additional costs such as workplace productivity losses and damage to property.

 

Tobacco Industry Influence in New Hampshire

Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide $8.8 billion
Estimated portion spent for New Hampshire marketing each year $73.6 million

Published research studies have found that kids are twice as sensitive to tobacco advertising than adults and are more likely to be influenced to smoke by cigarette marketing than by peer pressure. One-third of underage experimentation with smoking is attributable to tobacco company advertising.

View sources of information.

More detailed fact sheets on tobacco's toll in each state are available by emailing factsheets@tobaccofreekids.org

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