Think twice before you light

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths worldwide. According to the World Health Organization (W.H.O.), tobacco use kills around 443,000 Americans (about 18 percent of all deaths) yearly and secondhand smoke kills about 50,000 a year. If the current smoking trends continue to rise, tobacco use has the potential to kill 1 billion people by the end of the 21st century. Including Nicotine, historically one of the most addictive substances to break, tobacco smoke from products such as cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemicals and 69 of those have evidence of causing more than 15 kinds of cancer. Currently, 23 percent of members on Altus AFB are currently using some form of Tobacco. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Levin Boland / 97th Air Mobility Wing / Released)

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