Smoking is a chronic condition that affects more than 46 million Americans. People who smoke are at risk of heart disease, cancer, and other smoking-related illnesses that cost more than $50 billion annually to treat, and an additional $47 billion in indirect costs from lost time at work and disability.
Smoking is the single greatest preventable cause of death and illness in the United States. An estimated 420,000 people die every year from smoking-related illnesses.
The only way people can prevent these smoking-related illnesses is to quit smoking. Studies show that over 70 percent of adult smokers would like to quit, but only half of them have ever been urged to quit by their health care provider.