Addiction – Smoking: What’s the “Real Cost”?
Disease and death - it’s real as millions die every year; economic costs exceed $300 billion each year
Addictions destroy budgets and oh so much more. There are a lot of things in this world that can get you addicted. Could you stop if you wanted to? So, you can’t stop? Tunabudget believes there are solutions. Maybe the first step, if there is an addiction, would be an acknowledgment that there is an addiction problem. As most people will admit, unresolved addictions may not only destroy your life, they may destroy the family unit too – as it often does. You likely already know this. Regardless, seriously consider the following facts from 2016 to 2018:
Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); World Health Organization (WHO)
Smoking and Tobacco Use
Diseases and Death:
Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body
More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking
For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness
Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis
Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis
Smoking is a known cause of erectile dysfunction in males
Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death
Worldwide, tobacco use causes nearly 6 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030
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
On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers
If smoking continues at the current rate among U.S. youth, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. This represents about one in every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger who are alive today
Costs and Expenditures:
The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars each year on cigarette and smokeless tobacco advertising and promotions; in 2016, $9.5 billion was spent on advertising and promotion of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco combined—about $26 million every day, and more than $1 million every hour
Price discounts to retailers account for 66.7% of all cigarette marketing (about $5.8 billion). These are discounts paid in order to reduce the price of cigarettes to consumers
Smoking costs the United States billions of dollars each year; total economic cost of smoking is more than $300 billion a year, including nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults, and more than $156 billion in lost productivity due to premature death and exposure to secondhand smoke
State spending on tobacco prevention and control does not meet CDC-recommended levels; States have billions of dollars from tobacco taxes and tobacco industry legal settlements to prevent and control tobacco use. However, states currently use a very small amount of these funds for tobacco control programs
In fiscal year 2018, states will collect a record $27.5 billion from tobacco taxes and legal settlements but will only spend $721.6 million—less than 3%—on prevention and cessation programs
Currently, not a single state funds tobacco control programs at CDC’s “recommended” level. Only two states (Alaska and California) provide more than 90 percent of recommended funding. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia are spending less than 20 percent of what the CDC recommends. Two states (Connecticut and West Virginia) have allocated no state funds for tobacco use prevention
Spending 12% (i.e., $3.3 billion) of the $27.5 billion would fund every state tobacco control program at CDC-recommended levels
Tobacco kills up to half of its users
Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year
More than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 890,000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke
Around 80% of the world's 1.1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries
Is there anyone in your life that you could possibly reach out to, and humbly approach for guidance, love, and hope?
Is there an organization that offers assistance at a cost that you can afford in order to get help?
How far and at what cost have your addictions taken you?
What have you already lost, and what do you stand to lose?
Are you earnestly seeking and desiring to get your addictions behind you once and for all?
What are you willing to give to sacrifice to change, and how best should that change take place?
Do you really know what you need to do, but are just too chained to the addiction?
Are you addicted?