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Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking results in more than 443,000 premature deaths in the United States each year—about 1 in every 5 U.S. deaths2—and an additional 8.6 million people suffer with a serious illness caused by smoking.3 Thus, for every one person who dies from smoking, 20 more suffer from at least one serious tobacco-related illness.3 Learn more

Statistics and Trends

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs for 8th-Graders, 10th-Graders, and 12th-Graders; 2013 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th-Graders 10th-Graders 12th-Graders
Cigarettes (any use) Lifetime 14.80 [25.70] 38.10
Past Month 4.50 [9.10] 16.30
Daily 1.80 4.40 8.50
1/2-pack+/day 0.70 1.50 3.40
Smokeless Tobacco Lifetime 7.90 14.00 17.20
Past Month 2.80 6.40 8.10
Daily 0.50 1.90 3.00

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National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs for Ages 12 or Older, Ages 12 to 17, Ages 18 to 25, and Ages 26 or Older; 2012 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period Ages 12 or Older Ages 12 to 17 Ages 18 to 25 Ages 26 or Older
Cigarettes (any use) Lifetime 61.90 [17.40] [59.50] 67.90
Past Year 26.10 [11.80] 41.00 25.30
Past Month 22.10 [6.60] [31.80] 22.40
Smokeless Tobacco Lifetime 17.70 6.40 19.90 18.70
Past Year 4.60 [3.90] 9.00 4.00
Past Month 3.50 2.10 5.50 3.30

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Nationwide Trends (DrugFacts)

Published April 2011. Revised January 2014.
Examines nationwide trends in drug abuse and addiction among youth, describing lifetime, past year and past month use for alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, and prescription drugs. En Español

High School and Youth Trends (DrugFacts)

Published December 2012. Revised January 2014.
Describes trends in high school and youth drug abuse and addiction, with an emphasis on marijuana, cigarettes, prescription drugs, alcohol and ecstasy. En Español

Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide Cover

Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide

Published January 2014. Revised January 2014.
Presents research-based principles of adolescent substance use disorder treatment; covers treatment for a variety of drugs including, illicit and prescription drugs, alcohol, and tobacco; presents settings and evidence-based approaches unique to treating adolescents.

Electronic Cigarettes (e-Cigarettes) (DrugFacts)

Published November 2013. Revised November 2013.
Electronic cigarettes (also called e-­‐cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery systems) are smokeless, battery operated devices designed to deliver nicotine with flavorings or other chemicals to the lungs of users without burning tobacco En Español

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Drugs: Shatter the Myths

Published October 2010. Revised July 2013.
Answers teens’ most frequently asked questions about drugs and abuse with scientific facts and engaging images.

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Drugs, Brains, and Behavior - The Science of Addiction

As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior.

Easy-to-read Drug Facts
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You Can quit smoking. Talk with your doctor for help. CDC. Learn more.
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