By the Numbers
|Tobacco Use in Virginia|
|High school students who smoke (2015)||8.2%|
|Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco||12.8% (female use much lower)|
|Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year||5,700|
|Kids exposed to secondhand smoke at home||336,000|
|Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year||9.7 million|
|Adults in Virginia who smoke||19.5% (1,259,100)|
|U.S. National Data|
|High school smoking rate (2013)||15.7%|
|Male high school students who use smokeless tobacco (2013)||14.7%|
|Adult smoking rate (2014)||16.8%|
Nationwide, youth smoking has declined dramatically since the mid-1990s, but that decline appears to have slowed considerably or even stopped in recent years.
|Deaths in Virginia From Smoking|
|Adults who die each year from their own smoking||10,300|
|Kids now under 18 and alive in Virginia who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking||150,000|
|Adult nonsmokers who die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke||1,160|
Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined -- and thousands more die from other tobacco-related causes -- such as fires caused by smoking (more than 1,000 deaths/year nationwide) and smokeless tobacco use. No good estimates are currently available, however, for the number of Virginia citizens who die from these other tobacco-related causes, or for the much larger numbers who suffer from tobacco-related health problems each year without actually dying.
|Smoking-Caused Monetary Costs in Virginia|
|Annual health care costs in Virginia directly caused by smoking||$3.11 billion|
|Portion covered by the state Medicaid program||$485.7 million|
|Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures||$821 per household|
|Smoking-caused productivity losses in Virginia||$3.06 billion|
Amounts do not include health costs caused by exposure to secondhand smoke, smoking-caused fires, spit tobacco use, or cigar and pipe smoking. Other non-health costs from tobacco use include residential and commercial property losses from smoking-caused fires (more than $500 million per year nationwide); extra cleaning and maintenance costs made necessary by tobacco smoke and litter (about $4+ billion nationwide for commercial establishments alone); and additional productivity losses from smoking-caused work absences, smoking breaks, and on-the-job performance declines and early termination of employment caused by smoking-caused disability or illness (dollar amount listed above is just from productive work lives shortened by smoking-caused death).