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Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking results in more than 480,000 premature deaths in the United States each year—about 1 in every 5 U.S. deaths1—and an additional 16 million people suffer with a serious illness caused by smoking.1 In fact, for every one person who dies from smoking, about 30 more suffer from at least one serious tobacco-related illness.1 Learn more

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2016 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Cigarettes (any use) Lifetime [9.80] [17.50] [28.30]
Past Month [2.60] [4.90] 10.50
Daily [0.90] [1.90] 4.80
E-cigarettes Past Month 6.20 11.00 12.50
Smokeless Tobacco Lifetime 6.90 10.20 14.20
Past Month 2.50 3.50 6.60
Daily 0.60 1.00 2.70

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National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs for Ages 12 or Older, Ages 12 to 17, Ages 18 to 25, and Ages 26 or Older; 2015 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period Ages 12 or Older Ages 12 to 17 Ages 18 to 25 Ages 26 or Older
Cigarettes (any use) Lifetime 58.50 13.20 53.30 64.70
Past Year 23.10 8.10 35.00 22.90
Past Month 19.40 4.20 26.70 20.00
Smokeless Tobacco Lifetime 16.30 5.50 19.60 17.00
Past Year 4.70 3.50 9.00 4.10
Past Month 3.40 1.50 5.40 3.20

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