Toll of Tobacco in the United States

The Toll of Tobacco in Delaware

Updated March 1, 2017

The Toll of Tobacco in Delaware

High school students who smoke 9.9% (4,700)
Male high school students who smoke cigars (female use much lower) 13.3%
High school students who use e-cigarettes 23.5%
Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year 400
Adults in Delaware who smoke 17.4% (129,000)
Proportion of cancer deaths in Delaware attributable to smoking 30.3%


U.S. National Data

High school smoking rate (2015): 10.8%
Male high school students who smoke cigars (2015): 14.0%
Adult smoking rate (2015): 15.1%


Deaths in Delaware from Smoking

Adults who die each year from their own smoking 1,400
Kids now under 18 and alive in Delaware who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking 17,000

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 Delaware

Annual health care costs in Delaware directly caused by smoking $532 million
Medicaid costs caused by smoking in Delaware $95.6 million
Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures $878 per household
Smoking-caused productivity losses in Delaware $391.2 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 Delaware

Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide $9.1 billion
Estimated portion spent for Delaware marketing each year $44.8 million

Published research studies have found that kids are twice as sensitive to tobacco advertising as 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.

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