Tobacco use is a major preventable cause of premature death and disease worldwide. Currently, approximately 5.4 million people around the world die each year due to tobacco-related illnesses. In the United States, an estimated 46.6 million people – about one in five adults – currently smoke, and an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from diseases caused by smoking or second-hand smoke exposure.
CDC has identified reducing tobacco use as a winnable battle. With additional effort and support for evidence-based, cost-effective strategies that we can implement now, we will have a significant impact on our nation’s health at home and abroad.
The tobacco briefing folder provides a snapshot of the context and background for this priority area, as well as descriptions of some of the systems, policy, and programmatic interventions pursued by CDC and our public health partners at the global, federal, state and local levels. This information will be updated periodically as new data or relevant information becomes available.