How Smoking Affects College Students

  • Tobacco use suppresses immune response so smokers are sick more often and longer than nonsmokers.
  • On average smokers die 13 to 14 years younger than nonsmokers.
  • A pack a day smoker will save at least $1,800 a year when they quit.
  • Current cigarette smoking is higher among persons aged 18-24 years, 25-44 years, and 45-67 years than among those 65 years and older, CDC 2016.
  • About three out of four high school smokers smoke into adulthood, even though they thought they would quit.
  • Roughly 70% of adult smokers report that they want to quit and currently there are more former smokers than smokers in the U.S.
  • There are seven FDA-approved medications for cessation. They include five forms of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT): the patch, gum, inhaler, nasal spray, and lozenge.

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