Smoking Facts & Resources

Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US.  The good news is that more and more people are choosing to quit or never start smoking in the first place.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • The percentage of adults who are current cigarette smokers has significantly declined over the last 35 years, from 42.4% in 1965 to 19.3% in 2010.
  • Between 2005 and 2010 approximately 3 million people quit smoking in the U.S.
  • In DC, 15.6% of adults smoke and 13.9% of adults between 18 and 24 smoke.
  • Among current U.S. adult smokers, 68.8% report that they want to quit completely, and millions have attempted to quit smoking. Starting in 2002, the number of former smokers has exceeded the number of current smokers.

There is no one right way to quit. Quitting smoking is a lot like losing weight–it takes a strong commitment over a long period of time. Smokers may wish there was a magic bullet–a pill or method that would make quitting painless and easy, but, unfortunately, there is nothing like that on the market. Nicotine substitutes can help reduce withdrawal symptoms, but they are most effective when used as part of a plan that addresses both the physical and psychological components of quitting smoking.  Successfully quitting smoking is a matter of planning and commitment, not luck.

The Cost of Smoking

Smoking not only has a negative effect on your health, but also has an impact on your wallet. In 2009, the Federal Tobacco Tax Increase added 62 cents to the price of each pack of cigarettes. According to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, a pack-a-day smoker, on average, will spend $1,808 on cigarettes each year.

Beyond the extra savings on cigarettes, quitting smoking could also save you the cost of breath mints, cough drops, and cleaning expenses for your clothes, home, and car. And on top of these savings, you and your family will benefit even more over time. You can avoid many costs from doctor visits and medicines for the diseases and other health issues caused by smoking or by exposure to secondhand smoke.

If you are looking to quit GW is here to help. Go to the Support Page for help quitting.