46 million Americans (1 of 4 adults) smoke. Nearly all started
smoking before age 20. In addition, 6 million teenagers
smoke in the US.
average weight gain after someone quits smoking is 4-10 lbs (9-22
CNN (Jan 10, 2009)
Risk of Disease
Cigarette smoking increases risk for cardiovascular disease
and lung cancer. Those who smoke 1 pack per day have a five fold
increase risk of sudden death (death with 1 hour in an asymptomatic
or an apparently clinical stable individual) as compared to non-smokers.
The excessive risk of cardiovascular disease is reduced within
2 years of quitting smoking.
ACSM (2001), ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for
Exercise Testing and Prescription, 4th ed.
Life Expectancy Cost
A smoker can expect to lose 5 minutes and 30 seconds of life
expectancy for every cigarette they smoke.
Quitting Smoking with Help
Percent of smokers remaining non-smokers for one year
Quit without aid
Quit using nicotine patch
Quit using Bupropion