Tobacco Facts

Over 1 in 4 Hoosier high school students have ever tried cigarettes.

About 1 in 10 Hoosier middle school students have ever tried cigarettes.

An estimated 3,700 Hoosier youth become new daily smokers each year.

8.7% of Hoosier high school students and 1.8% of Hoosier middle school students were current smokers in 2016.

Current smoking has declined 82% among middle school students and 72% among high school students since 2000.

Youth who do smoke are smoking less frequently and smoking fewer cigarettes.

Over half of Hoosier youth who smoke tried to quit in the past year.

About 1 in 5 Indiana adults (21.1%) were current smokers in 2016.

Smoking takes the lives of approximately 11,100 Hoosiers each year.

Smoking costs Hoosiers an estimated $2.93 billion annually in health care costs.

In 2016, Indiana had the 10th highest smoking prevalence among all states and the District of Columbia.

Indiana’s adult smoking prevalence has declined significantly since 2011.

Most Hoosiers who smoke want to quit. Over half (56%) of Hoosier adults who smoke tried to quit in the past year.

Secondhand smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, including over 70 that cause cancer.

The U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that there is no risk free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer, heart disease, and stroke among nonsmokers.

Secondhand smoke is estimated to cause over 1,300 deaths among Hoosiers each year.

Secondhand smoke costs Hoosiers an estimated $2.1 billion in health care costs and premature death annually.

Secondhand smoke is responsible for over 41,000 deaths in the United States each year.

About 1 in 4 nonsmokers nationwide are exposed to secondhand smoke.

What Happens When You Quit?

  • Quitting smoking at any age has benefits.1
  • The sooner you quit, the sooner your body can begin to heal.1,2
  • Tobacco smoke harms nonsmokers, too.1,3
  • Quitting smoking is the single best way to protect your family from secondhand smoke.4

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