New Year’s Resolutions: Stop Smoking & Know the Facts About Smoking Even if you think smoking has decreased in the United States, every year more than 480,000 people die from tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, making it the leading cause of preventable death in this country. Tragically, each day thousands of kids still pick up a tobacco product for the first time. And even more are exposed to the health hazards of smoking through second hand smoke. Do you know the facts about smoking? Read on to find out and if you’re a smoker, consider making quitting a resolution for your New Year. According to the American Lung Association: Health Effects Smoking and use of tobacco products, including cigars and smokeless tobacco, cause or worsen numerous diseases and conditions. Learn more about how smoking and using tobacco impacts your health. What's In a Cigarette? Arsenic, lead, tar— these are just few of more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke. See what else is in a cigarette. The Impact of Tobacco Use Tobacco use has a larger impact on certain populations. Learn more about these groups and how the tobacco industry markets its products. Kids and Smoking The best way to prevent tobacco-related illness and death is to keep kids from starting to smoke in the first place. See why kids start and get tips to talk to your kids about smoking.