Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Toll of Tabacco in Maryland

(from http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/reports/settlements/toll.php?StateID=MD)

Tobacco Use in Maryland

High school students who smoke 16.5% (53,500)
Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco 4.4% (females use much lower)
Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year 6,900
Kids exposed to secondhand smoke at home 270,000
Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year 10.9 million
Adults in Maryland who smoke 19.0% (797,500)

Nationwide, youth smoking has declined dramatically since the mid-1990s, but that decline appears to have slowed considerably or even stopped in recent years. The 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that the percentage of high school students reporting that they have smoked cigarettes in the past month increased to 23 percent in 2005 from 21.9 percent in 2003. This increase follows a 40 percent decline between 1997, when rates peaked at 36.4 percent, and 2003. The survey also found that 13.6 percent of high school males use spit tobacco. U.S. adult smoking has decreased gradually in the last several decades, and 20.9 percent of U.S. adults (about 45 million) currently smoke.

Deaths in Maryland From Smoking

Adults who die each year from their own smoking 6,800
Kids now under 18 and alive in Maryland who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking 108,000
Adults, children, & babies who die each year from others' smoking (secondhand smoke & pregnancy smoking) 630 to 1,130

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. No good estimates are currently available, however, for the number of Maryland citizens who die from these other tobacco-related causes, or for the much larger numbers who suffer from tobacco-related health problems each year without actually dying.

Smoking-Caused Monetary Costs in Maryland

Annual health care costs in Maryland directly caused by smoking $1.96 billion
- Portion covered by the state Medicaid program $476 million
Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures $627 per household
Smoking-caused productivity losses in Maryland $1.78 billion

Amounts do not include health costs caused by exposure to secondhand smoke, smoking-caused fires, spit tobacco use, or cigar and pipe smoking. Other non-health costs from tobacco use include residential and commercial property losses from smoking-caused fires (more than $500 million per year nationwide); extra cleaning and maintenance costs made necessary by tobacco smoke and litter (about $4+ billion nationwide for commercial establishments alone); and additional productivity losses from smoking-caused work absences, smoking breaks, and on-the-job performance declines and early termination of employment caused by smoking-caused disability or illness (dollar amount listed above is just from productive work lives shortened by smoking-caused death).

Tobacco Industry Influence in Maryland

Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide $15.4 billion
Estimated portion spent for Maryland marketing each year $204.7 million


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice, very disturbing facts, but what is the solution?

11/22/2006 01:53:00 PM  

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