5. The real truth about smoking

Remember those anti-smoking campaigns that frequented commercial breaks in the early 2000’s, persuading smokers to toss the unhealthy habit? We do, too. And ever since, smoking in the United States has seen a real decline. However, while numbers in the U.S. and many other countries have declined in recent years, you might be surprised to hear that the global outlook is very different. Per a recent study from the World Health Organization, global rates of smokers are rising and cigarettes could kill up to 8 million people a year by 2030. While that figure alone is staggering, it’s accompanied by another not-so-fun fact. Smoking costs up to $1 trillion a year in health care and lost productivity. Smoke breaks: killing us and making us poorer since 5000 B.C.