Today is World No Tobacco Day – Learn about Tobacco’s Toll

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 smoke15.0% (15,400)
Male high school students who use smokeless or spit tobacco10.2% (females use much lower)
Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year2,000
Kids exposed to secondhand smoke at home96,000
Packs of cigarettes bought or smoked by kids each year3.5 million
Adults in Nebraska who smoke17.2% (235,100)


Adults who die each year from their own smoking2,200
Kids now under 18 and alive in Nebraska who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking36,000
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,