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|Tobacco Use in Virginia|
|High school students who smoke||13%|
|Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco||13.7% (females use much lower)|
|Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year||8,700|
|Kids exposed to secondhand smoke at home||336,000|
|Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year||14.3 million|
|Adults in Virginia who smoke||20.9% (1,304,700)|
|U.S. National Data (2011)|
|High school smoking rate||18.1%|
|Male high school students who use smokeless tobacco||12.8%|
|Adult smoking rate||19.0%|
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||9,200|
|Kids now under 18 and alive in Virginia who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking||152,000|
|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||$2.08 billion|
|Portion covered by the state Medicaid program||$401 million|
|Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures||$558 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).