Over 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. Add to this number the people who smoke cigars, pipes, or use chewing tobacco, snuff, and other tobacco products and you have 1 out of 6 Americans addicted to tobacco. There are over 480,000 tobacco-use related deaths each year in America and an additional 14,500,000 people are afflicted by a tobacco-use related disease.
The direct cost to America’s health system is estimated at $133 billion dollars a year with additional indirect costs to the economy of $156 billion dollars from lost productivity and sick days due to smoking-related illness. Add to that number the direct out-of-pocket expense to America’s citizens of buying the tobacco products. The totals are staggering!
In her editorial article in the April-May issue of AARP Magazine, (p.77), Jeannine English, the current President of AARP, makes a bold statement: Thank You for Not Smoking! Kira and Bill Van Ittersum liked this approach so much that they decided to do a podcast on it. Listen as Bill and Kira share Jeannine’s tips and ideas and then more of their own on how you, too can kick the habit for good!
English, Jeannine, President of AARP. (2015, April-May). Editorial. Plain English: Thank You for Not Smoking. AARP Magazine. Page 77.