MMWR - Cigarette Smoking --- United States, 1965--2008..

READ MMWR Report: Cigarette Smoking --- United States, 1965--2008 Supplements. Bridgette E. Garrett, PhD (, Shanta R. Dube, PhD, Angela Trosclair, MS, Ralph S. Caraballo, PhD, Terry F. Pechacek, PhD, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC January 14, 2011 / 60(01);109-113

January 14, 2011 - Cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in the United States, resulting in an estimated 443,000 premature deaths and $193 billion in direct health-care expenditures and productivity losses each year.

Each day in the United States, approximately 3,900 persons aged 12--17 years smoke their first cigarette, and an estimated 1,000 adolescents become daily cigarette smokers (8). The vast majority of persons who begin smoking during adolescence are addicted to nicotine by age 20 (9).

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