|Policy Issue Brief - Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement Funds and Prevention and Cessation Programs|
Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Each year, approximately 443,000 Americans die from tobacco-related illnesses. On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.1 For every person who dies from tobacco use, 20 more people suffer with at least one serious tobacco-related illness. Coupled with this enormous health toll is the significant economic burden of tobacco use – more than $96 billion a year in medical costs and another $97 billion a year from lost productivity.
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Annual smoking-attributable mortality, years of potential life lost, and economic costs—United States, 1995–1999. MMWR. 2002;51(14):300-3.
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cigarette smoking among adults and trends in smoking cessation—United States, 2008.MMWR. 2009;58(44):1227-32.
 Centers for Disease Control. Tobacco use: targeting the nation’s leading killer, at a glance 2009. Retrieved August 12, 2009 from http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/publications/aag/osh.htm.