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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 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,

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11 thoughts on “Today is World No Tobacco Day – Learn about Tobacco’s Toll

  • I’m glad the CDC decided to develop the newest advertisement campaigns against Tobacco. You would think after seeing a young man with both his legs amputated because of the harms of smoke, people would quit, but they won’t. What will it take to deter people from smoking?

  • Latinas are less likely to smoke and drink alcohol during pregnancy compared to white and black women, according to a recent report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).

  • According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), smoking while pregnant can cause issues for both mothers and babies including stillbirth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), pregnancy complications, low birth weight, and premature birth.

  • It takes a lot for people to quit smoking; they have to be ready and people around them need to be patient and supportive. Need a cessation program in Spanish? Call me at 402-559-3670

  • Reaching Latinos where they live…that’s the key!
    We know that the people we work with prefer a more intimate atmosphere where they can feel comfortable and confident. The Smoke-Free in-home visits are designed to inform and empower community members living in multi-unit dwellings to educate other families on the importance of making and maintaining their apartments smoke-free. To gain access to homes and resident’s confidence, we use a culturally tailored approach that allows effective and trustworthy communication.

  • Tobacco use never starts out with someone smoking an entire pack of cigarettes in one sitting. It’s the sneaky result of what began as the occasional cigarette among friends or the old “it was just one of those days” and spiraled into daily cravings. Tobacco use is part three in the four part series on modifiable health risk behaviors.

  • On every tobacco product, there is a surgeon general warning stating the health risks associated with each product. Take a look at yours. What’s it telling you? What isn’t it telling you? Smokers are at an increased risk of heart disease, lung cancer, COPD, and premature death. If this list isn’t enough to change your mind about smoking, make your own list to help you quit. Keep it in a place where you can always see it; your wallet, at your desk, or as your phone background.

  • Comprehensive, well-funded state programs that prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit are proven to save lives and money. #WNTD2012 @UNMCCRHD

  • The nation’s largest tobacco company is planning to test market in Virginia a new and unusual smokeless consumer product containing nicotine but no tobacco.

    Altria Group Inc., the parent company of cigarette maker Philip Morris USA, announced Tuesday that the new product — a chewable, spit-free, oral product called Verve — will be available at 50 to 100 Sheetz convenience stores in Virginia starting in early June.

    Verve is the latest example of the tobacco industry’s efforts to spark consumer interest in alternative, smoke-free products.

  • I often think about when I was a child both of my parents were smokers and many times I would ride in the car and would be forced to open a window to get some fresh air. I love my parents dearly, but due to the second-hand smoke I have some minor health issues. I guess it could be worse, but it is there!

    Reducing exposure to secondhand smoke is vital to improving public health.