By the Numbers: Smoking & Public Health
- 82: Percent of adults who support banning smoking in cars when children under 13 are in the vehicle
- 443,000: Deaths per year attributed to cigarette smoking
- 8.6: Million people live with a serious illness caused by smoking
- 88: Million nonsmoking Americans who are exposed to secondhand smoke
- 96: Billion dollars spent on direct medical expenses from smoking
- 5: Million worldwide deaths per year attributed to tobacco use
- 8.3: Billion dollars spent on cigarette advertising and promotions per year
- 69: Percent of smokers who want to quit
- 758: Number of tobacco-free campuses in the U.S.
Media: Please feel free to contact any of our experts listed on this site to discuss this topic, or contact media strategists Terri Mellow, 734-764-8094, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Laurel Gnagey, 734-647-1841, email@example.com
Michigan: A Leader in Tobacco Research and Control
2014: The 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s First Report on Smoking and Health
The 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s first report on smoking and health came in January 2014, and with it a renewed push from the University of Michigan to advocate for more tobacco research, policies, and prevention. Dr. Ken Warner joined other representatives for a national press conference commemorating the occasion. Together, they announced their continued commitment to tobacco control, and outlined three goals to make this happen:
- Reduce smoking rates 10 percent in 10 years or less (10 in 10).
- Eliminate exposure to second-hand smoke in five years.
- Put the U.S. on a path to eliminate death and disease caused by tobacco, now resulting in one of every five deaths.
Warner, along with Rafael Meza, assistant professor of epidemiology, published a study marking this occasion that found some 8 million lives have been saved since the Surgeon General’s warning 50 years ago. Other media items commemorating the 50th anniversary:
- Dr. Ken Warner featured in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s interactive “50 Years of Tobacco Control”
- Dr. Ken Warner on NPR Weekend Edition: “50 Years After Surgeon General’s Warning, Smokers Still Light Up”
2012: Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative Launched
TFCCI was launched in September 2012 by U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, and other educational and tobacco policy experts at an internationally webcast symposium at the U-M SPH. The event occurred simultaneously with the launch of the new TFCCI website, which was created to serve as a clearinghouse of key information to assist educational communities to establish their own tobacco-free environments. With this in mind, the site has grown to include news updates, state-specific information, links to a wide range of external resources, and referrals to national experts.
2011: U-M Goes Smoke-Free
U-M became a smoke-free university in 2011 to ensure a healthier environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors. That policy includes all buildings, facilities and university-owned vehicles. MHealthy and the University Health Service support faculty, staff and students in their stop-smoking efforts.
- 50 Years After Surgeon General’s Warning, Smokers Still Light Up. Jan 11, 2014. NPR
- Public health leaders call for renewed push against tobacco use. Jan 8, 2014. University Record
- Millions of lives saved since surgeon general’s tobacco warning 50 years ago. Jan 7, 2014. U-M News Service release.
- U.S. colleges and universities deserve and ‘A’ for going tobacco-free. Nov. 20, 2013. Huffington Post by Dr. Howard Koh.
- Tobacco-free campuses on the rise: Q&A with Dr. Howard Koh, HHS. August 2013. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
- Study: 82 percent of adults support banning smoking when kids are in the car. July 22, 2013 U-M Health System news release.
- Smoking declines after U-M campus ban. May 9, 2013. UM News Service release.
- Decline in teen smoking continues into 2012. December 19, 2012. U-M News Service release.
- Decline in smoking saves nearly 800,000 lives over 25 years. March 14, 2012. U-M News Service release.
- U-M SPH's Cliff Douglas on the NPR show "The State of Things," to talk about "Smoke Damage." July 21, 2011.
- U-M to host event at which HHS. Education leaders will call for tobacco free campuses. September 4, 2012. U-M News Service release.
Talk to the Experts
A number of U-M experts are available to talk with the media about tobacco:
- Clifford Douglas, J.D. Director, University of Michigan Tobacco Research Network, adjunct lecturer
in health management and policy
Contact: (734) 936-0939, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Peter Jacobson, professor of health management and policy
Contact: (734) 936-0928, email@example.com
- Ritesh Mistry, assistant professor of health behavior and health education
Contact: (734) 936-1318, firstname.lastname@example.org
- David Mendez, associate professor of health management and policy
Contact: (734) 647-0218, email@example.com
- Rafael Meza, assistant professor of epidemiology
Contact: (734) 763-1946, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kenneth E. Warner, Avedis Donabedian Distinguished University Professor of Public Health; professor
of health management and policy
Contact: (734) 763-5454, email@example.com
For SPH experts on these and many more topics, see the Experts List.