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How much do you know about smoking bans? Answer these questions and find out.

DID YOU KNOW?

If you live in Maryland, and smoke one pack of cigarettes a day you’ll end up spending $1,422 a year on cigarettes. Think of all the things you could do with that money!

The Numbers

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In the U.S.

  • Smoking costs the U.S. more than $193 billion each year: $97 billion in productivity losses and $96 billion in smoking-related medical costs.
  • Secondhand smoke exposure costs the U.S. more than $4.98 billion each year.
  • The tobacco industry spends $12.8 billion ($35+ million/day) on marketing in the U.S. each year.

In the state of Maryland

  • Smoking-related adult medical costs were estimated at $1.96 billion. (2004)
  • Secondhand smoke-related medical costs were estimated at $595.7 million. (2005)
  • The annual cost for smoking by pregnant women was more than $3.1 million in 2004.
  • Achieving Maryland’s goal of a sustained 50% reduction in smoking from year 2000 levels could mean yearly savings of $968.2 billion for the state.
  • This doesn’t even take into account the human cost: 6,800 Marylanders die prematurely and 150,000 become sick each year due to tobacco related diseases.

More Numbers…

1. Your personal cost
2. Who is using tobacco?
3. The Good News

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