More than 18 percent of adults in the U.S. still smoke, despite widely known health risks.

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and accounts for one in every five of all deaths each year. Cancer, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory disease are among the top illnesses associated with smoking.

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