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US Prevalence

46 million Americans (1 of 4 adults) smoke. Nearly all started smoking before age 20. In addition, 6 million teenagers smoke in the US.

Weight Gain

The average weight gain after someone quits smoking is 4-10 lbs (9-22 kgs)

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
1% 13% 20%

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