the effects of smoking
In 2000, Riverside County
hospital data showed that 1429 children under one year old and 1009 between one
and four years old were treated for breathing problems. They were acute
bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma. It is possible that many of the children
lived with smokers.
q Studies show a 30% to 50% increase in risk for miscarriage among women smoking a half-pack or more per day during pregnancy.
q Tobacco use is responsible for approximately 22% to 41% of deaths from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) annually.
q Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 23% of all adults and 21% of adult women currently smoke cigarettes.
q Each year, an average of 431,000 Americans die of smoking related complications; more than one-third of them are women.
q CDC estimates that smokers would have lived, on average, 13 years longer had he/she not smoked.
q An estimated 5.3 million youth will become smokers and die prematurely because of their smoking.
Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, bronchitis, emphysema, and others