Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths. 1 In 2017, 14 of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (14.0%) currently* smoked cigarettes. Young adults are the most likely age group to smoke, with a marked decline in smoking rates with increasing age. The prevalence of smoking is strongly associated with socioeconomic disadvantage (low earners), with over double the rate in the most disadvantaged quintile .
The Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer estimates that in 2015, 14.1 per cent of Victorian adults aged 18 and over smoked regularly (on a daily or weekly basis). Also: The smoking rate for men (16.5 per cent) was higher than for women (11.9 per cent).Page last reviewed: 29 Nov 2014. Smoking is the direct cause of one of every five deaths in the U.S. That translates to roughly 480,000 deaths annually, 1,300 smoking-related deaths per day, 54 deaths per hour, or almost one death per minute. Every cigarette you smoke cuts five to 11 minutes from your life. Over a lifetime, that can reduce your life expectancy by as much as 12.
The Harm of Cigarette Smoking for Mortality. Over 50 years of research and thousands of studies on the relative risks of death for smokers and nonsmokers have demonstrated that cigarette smoking is the single most preventable cause of premature mortality in the United States (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS] 2000).Cited by: 108. Smoking prevalence among adults (aged 16 and over) in Great Britain also decreased between 1948 and the early 1970s. Smoking rates were extremely high at the start of this period, particularly when including all smoked tobacco products (not just manufactured cigarettes) - around 8 in .