There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, cigarettes create more than 7,000 chemicals. At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are toxic.
- Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.
- Price discounts to retailers account for 73.3% of all cigarette marketing (about $6.16 billion). These are discounts paid in order to reduce the price of cigarettes to consumers
- Thousands of young people start smoking cigarettes every day.
- Each day, about 2,000 people younger than 18 years smoke their first cigarette.
- Each day, over 300 people younger than 18 years become daily cigarette smokers.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey (Nevada)
The Youth Risk Behavior Survey is conducted across the state of Nevada every two years. This survey is administered to both middle and high school students and the local data informs decision makers on a variety of issues including substance misuse.
In Clark County, 2.1% of middle school students reported they have smoked cigarettes during the past 30 days before the survey. This shows a 2% increase since 2015 and has shown no change since 2017.
In Clark County, 2.7% of high school students reported they have smoked cigarettes during the past 30 days before the survey. This shows a 2.7% decrease from 2017, however, there has been an increase in electronic cigarettes.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (Nevada)
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the nation’s premier system of health-related telephone surveys that collect state data about U.S. residents regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services.
In Clark County, 15.7% of adults reported they are current smokers. This shows a 1.9% decrease since 2017.