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Reasons to Quit

Nearly half a million people die each year in the U.S. as a direct result of tobacco use. That's almost equal to the number of people living in the Charleston metropolitan area. And in the U.S., tobacco use costs us over $300 billion each year in health costs and reduced productivity. That's serious money. And college-age people are among the most at risk for becoming tobacco users, so it's no wonder that more and more colleges and universities across the U.S. are implementing tobacco-free policies. Here are a few other reasons why you should quit:

  • Smokers diminish their expected lifespan by an average of 14 years
  • Smokers are more susceptible to catching colds, the flu and other sicknesses
  • 38,000 people die in the U.S. each year as a result of exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Secondhand smoke and cigarette butts are harmful to pets
  • A pack-a-day smoker burns through abuot $31.50 per week (Dude, that's over $1,600 per year!)
  • When you quit, your breath smells better, and so does your hair and your clothes