Wellness & Education Community Action Health Network
North Carolina

Stomp Out Smoking 2015

Dec 2015


Health Info (CDC)


Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, with more than 41,000 of these deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke.1 In addition, smoking-related illness in the United States costs more than $300 billion a year, including nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults and $156 billion in lost productivity.1, 2


In 2013, an estimated 17.8% (42.1 million) U.S. adults were current cigarette smokers.3 Of these, 76.9% (32.4 million) smoked every day, and 23.1% (9.7 million) smoked some days.3


People Living With HIV


Cigarette smoking prevalence is much higher among people who are living with HIV in the United States than among the total population.13,14 Advances in science mean that HIV is now a chronic, manageable disease. Many people with HIV lead healthy, happy lives. However, smoking has serious health effects on people with HIV, including higher risks for cancer; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); heart disease; stroke; and HIV-related infections, including bacterial pneumonia.13


Among all adults, 17.8% smoked cigarettes in 2013.3 Smoking prevalence is estimated to be at least two times higher among adults living with HIV than in the general population.13,14


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)


Smoking prevalence among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals in the United States is much higher than among the total population.3,9  This is in part due to the aggressive marketing of tobacco products to this community. LGBT individuals are also likely to have risk factors for smoking that include daily stress related to prejudice and stigma that they may face.3


In 2013, the prevalence of current cigarette smoking among lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals was 26.6%, compared with 17.6% among heterosexual/straight individuals.3


Military Service Members and Veterans


In the United States, cigarette smoking prevalence is higher among people currently serving in the military than among the civilian population.10,11 Cigarette smoking prevalence is even higher among military personnel who have been deployed.10


Male veterans aged 25–64 years were more likely to be current smokers than nonveterans (29% versus 24%). Among men aged 45–54 years, 36% of veterans reported being current smokers, compared with 24% of nonveterans.

(all data obtained from the CDC.gov)