Reducing the Impact of Tobacco Use in our Community
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the United States. Cigarette smoking kills more that 480,000 Americans each year, with more than 41,000 of these deaths from exposure to secondhand smoke. (1) In addition, smoking-related illness in the United State costs more than $300 billion a year, including nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults and $156 billion in lost productivity. (2)
History of tobacco:
1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2014 [accessed 2017 Jun 20].
2. Xu X, Bishop EE, Kennedy SM, Simpson SA, Pechacek TF. Annual Healthcare Spending Attributable to Cigarette Smoking: An Update. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2015;48(3):326–33