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Smoke Alarm

Posted by Living Well Team on Jan 23, 2017 3:16:07 PM

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.

$8.4 billion

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

$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.

$35 billion

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.

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Infographic courtesy of Spring 2015 issue of Living Well 


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