Today is World No Tobacco Day! Here’s some information to get you started….Did you know that:
- Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, imposing a huge toll on health, lives and dollars on families, businesses and government.
- Tobacco kills more than 400,000 people annually – more than AIDS, alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders and suicides combined.
- Tobacco costs the U.S. more than $96 billion in health care expenditures and $97 billion in lost productivity each year.
- While the United States has made major progress against tobacco use, one in five Americans still smokes, and about 4,000 kids try their first cigarette each day.
Now let’s take it to Nebraska….Here’s some data to get you thinking about the consequences of tobacco right here in our state.
|High school students who smoke||15.0% (15,400)|
|Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco||10.2% (females use much lower)|
|Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year||2,000|
|Kids exposed to secondhand smoke at home||96,000|
|Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year||3.5 million|
|Adults in Nebraska who smoke||17.2% (235,100)|
|Adults who die each year from their own smoking||2,200|
|Kids now under 18 and alive in Nebraska who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking||36,000|
|Annual health care costs in Nebraska directly caused by smoking||$537 million|
|Portion covered by the state Medicaid program||$134 million|
|Residents’ state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures||$573 per household|
|Smoking-caused productivity losses in Nebraska||$500 million|
|Annual tobacco industry marketing expenditures nationwide||$10.5 billion|
|Estimated portion spent for Nebraska marketing each year||$66.5 million|
What do you think about this? Leave us a comment or Tweet us @UNMCCRHD using hashtag #WNTD2012.
Source: The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/facts_issues/toll_us/