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By the Numbers

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Tobacco Use in Virginia
High school students who smoke 11.1% (48,100)
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 6,900
Kids exposed to secondhand smoke at home 336,000
Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year 14.2 million
Adults in Virginia who smoke 19% (1,202,500)
U.S. National Data (2011)
High school smoking rate 15.7%
Male high school students who use smokeless tobacco 14.7%
Adult smoking rate 18.1%

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 9,000
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 $401 million
Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures $567 per household
Smoking-caused productivity losses in Virginia $2.53 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).

About VFHYOverview

Formerly known as the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth was established by the Virginia General Assembly to lead statewide efforts to reduce and prevent youth tobacco use and childhood obesity.

Grantee OverviewOverview

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth issues grants for programs and initiatives to reduce and prevent youth tobacco use and childhood obesity throughout the Commonwealth each year. Members of Regional Advisory Boards consisting of community representatives...

Tobacco OverviewOverview

Established by the Virginia General Assembly in 1999, the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (VFHY) leads a statewide effort...

Overview

Obesity is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth works to reduce and prevent childhood obesity by funding and training community-based coalitions.

TrainingOverview

The Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth has provided quality regional trainings to prevention professionals throughout the state of Virginia since 2005.