Cost to own and operate a vehicle (includes the cost of fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license and registration fees, taxes, depreciation and finance charges associated with driving a typical sedan 15,000 miles annually), according to the American Automobile Association: $8,698
Amount a U.S. driver can expect to spend for each mile driven, nearly $725 per month, to cover the fixed and variable costs: 58 cents
Number of smokers in the world, according to the American Cancer Society: 1 billion
Number of cigarettes smoked annually: 5.8 trillion
Annual profits for the top six transnational tobacco companies (accounting for 85 percent of all cigarettes smoked globally): $44.1 billion
Source: American Cancer Society.
Percentage of American workers who report they are currently providing financial support (beyond their immediate household) to a relative or friend, according to the Employee Benefits Research Institute: 29
Percentage who provided unpaid care to help with the personal needs or household chores of a relative or friend: 23
Percentage who provide nine to 20 hours of unpaid care a week: 31
Source: Employee Benefit Research Institute.
Percentage of CFOs who believe that other than compensation, a better benefits plan would top their employee wish lists, according to a survey by Accountemps: 41
Percentage who said more vacation days: 19
Percentage who said scheduling flexibility: 15
Percentage of U.S. adults who believe the lower class pays too much in federal income taxes, according to a poll by Gallup: 45
Percentage who said the middle class pays too much tax: 46
Percentage who say corporations pay too little tax: 69
Source: Gallup Organization.
Percentage of U.S. workers who consider themselves overweight, according to CareerBuilder survey: 57
Percentage who say they have gained weight in their current jobs: 42
Percentage of workers with wellness benefits or gym access who say they don't use them: 63
Percentage of worldwide respondents who are willing to order groceries online for delivery to the home, according to a Nielsen survey: 55
Percentage who are willing to order online and pick up at the store: 57
Source: Nielsen Media Research.
Percentage of American adults who are considering a trip to Cuba in the next two years, according to a poll completed by Airbnb and YouGov: 30
Percentage who say Cuba is more appealing because of policy changes by the U.S. government: 27
Percentage of consumers who say they would not buy a car without test-driving it first, according to a survey by auto.trader.com: 88
Percentage of people who say they would be willing to drive farther to visit a great salesperson: 73
Source: Auto Trader.com.
Percentage of teens (13- to 17-year-olds) who say they have (or have access to) a smartphone, according to a Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends: 75
Percentage of teens who say they use Facebook: 71
Percentage who use Instagram: 52
Percentage who use Snapchat: 41
Source: Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends.
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