Every day, more than 3,200 American teens smoke their first cigarette.
Recent federal antismoking ads appeal to adolescent vanity with a message about nonsmokers being better athletes, having smoother skin and being more kissable.
Refraining from smoking can also do wonders for their bottom line.
$60,700 covers the first year of treatment for lung cancer, after adjustments for patient deductibles and coinsurance expenses. That would send a student to Harvard for a year, including room and board.
The tobacco industry spent $8.4 billion on ads and promotions in 2011 that encouraged smoking. That would buy an iMac for 700,000 families.
$12.1 billion was spent on lung cancer care in the U.S. in 2010, equal to buying new houses for 79,000 American families.
The combined profits of America’s six biggest tobacco companies was $35 billion in 2010. That would buy everyone on the planet 7 to 12 pounds of rice.
If a teen in your life is trying to quit smoking, he or she can call the SCDHEC Tobacco Quitline at (800) 784-8669.
Infographic courtesy of Spring 2015 issue of Living Well