Smoking is Oklahoma's number one cause of preventable death, killing an estimated 7,500 Oklahomans each year – more than alcohol, auto accidents, AIDS, suicides, murders, and illegal drugs combined.
Smoking is a major risk factor for each of Oklahoma’s four most deadly diseases – heart disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and stroke.
For every person who dies from smoking, another 20 are suffering with at least one serious smoking-caused disease.
Smoking during pregnancy causes health problems for both mothers and babies, including pregnancy complications, premature birth, low birth weight infants, stillbirth, and infant death.
The vast majority of smokers in Oklahoma became addicted as young people. If current trends continue, an estimated 88,000 Oklahoma youth aged 0–17 alive today will ultimately die early from smoking.
Most current smokers in Oklahoma want to quit and have tried many times.
Secondhand smoke contains at least 250 toxic chemicals, including arsenic, benzene, cadmium, chromium, ethylene oxide, hydrogen cyanide, lead, nickel, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, radioactive polonium-210, toluene, and vinyl chloride.
Exposure to secondhand smoke has been proven to significantly increased the risk of heart disease, cancers, asthma attacks, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
Smoking costs Oklahomans over $2.7 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity every year, or an average of about $750 annually per Oklahoman. These costs include an estimated $264 million in annual Medicaid program expenses.
Every pack of cigarettes sold costs Oklahoma’s economy an estimated $7.62 in medical expenses and lost productivity caused by premature death and disease. On average, smokers have 50 percent more missed workdays than non-smokers.