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Monday, February 9, 2009

Smoking and smoking-related deaths affect thousands of U.S. residents each year and contribute to rising health-care costs.

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Cigarette smoking kills an estimated 438,000 Americans each year: about 260,000 men and 178,000 women.

Cigarette smoking kills 9,200 adult Virginians every year, and an estimated 1,170 nonsmokers die each year from exposure to secondhand smoke.

An estimated 152,000 Virginia children will die from smoking-related illnesses, given current smoking levels; 9,300 Virginia children start smoking each year.

Health-care costs related to tobacco use cost Virginia $2.08 billion every year; health-care expenditures caused by exposure to secondhand smoke cost $118.8 million.

People who smoke cost the nation's Medicaid program approximately $10 billion, or about 5.6 percent of total expenditures, each year; Virginia's state Medicaid program spends $401 million annually on health-care related to tobacco use.

About 19 percent of adult Virginians smoke; of those, 20 percent are men, and about 17 percent are women.

SOURCES: RTI International, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

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