| ears ago, people were unaware of
the toll tobacco was taking on their health. Today, we know tobacco is the only
product sold in the United States, when used as intended, kills it purchasers.
Each year, tobacco use kills more than 425,000 Americans more than
19,000 of them in Illinois.
obacco is the second most heavily
advertised product in the nation, with the tobacco industry spending in excess
of $7 billion dollars annually to market its deadly products. Thats more
than $18 million each day! In Illinois alone, tobacco companies spend more than
$288 million annually on consumer advertising.
advertising work? Yes, particularly with young smokers. Two years after R.J.
Reynolds introduced its advertising character Joe Camel, Camel®
cigarettes saw a 6,000 percent increase in younger smokers and a $400 million
increase in sales.
advertising is what lures young smokers to tobacco addiction is what
keeps them smoking, often well into adulthood. No one disputes the simple fact
that its tough to quit smoking. Nicotine, a key component of tobacco
smoke, is one of the most physically addicting substances on earth. So,
its no wonder, despite overwhelming evidence of the physical and economic
costs of tobacco use, too many Illinoisans continue to use this deadly
site presents facts about tobacco and resources available to help you (or those
you love) quit smoking.