Questions About Smoking, Tobacco, and Health
- Questions About Smoking, Tobacco, and Health
- Is smoking tobacco really addictive?
- Why do people start smoking?
- How many people use tobacco?
- What in tobacco smoke is harmful?
- Is secondhand (environmental) tobacco smoke dangerous?
- How does tobacco use affect the economy?
- What’s being done to protect people from the hazards of smoking?
- Are spit tobacco and snuff safe alternatives to smoking?
- What are the health risks of smoking pipes or cigars?
- What about electronic cigarettes? Aren’t they safe?
- Is dissolvable tobacco safe?
- What about more exotic forms of smoking tobacco, such as clove cigarettes, bidis, and hookahs?
- What can I do to help with any damage that may have been caused by smoking?
- Can quitting really help a lifelong smoker?
- How do people quit tobacco?
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How does tobacco use affect the economy?
The tobacco industry is one of the most profitable businesses in the US, making billions of dollars every year. But the costs of smoking are far higher than the income from cigarette sales.
- Smoking causes more than $193 billion each year in health-related costs, including medical costs and the cost of lost productivity caused by smoking.
- Smoking-related medical costs averaged more than $96 billion each year between 2000 and 2004.
- Productivity losses due to smoking among workers cost the US economy an average of almost $97 billion yearly (for 2000-2004).
Last Medical Review: 11/08/2012
Last Revised: 01/17/2013