Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States. It causes many different cancers as well as chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis, heart disease, pregnancy-related problems, and many other serious health problems. The best way to prevent nicotine dependence is to not smoke in the first place. If you’re a parent who smokes, the younger your children are when you quit, the less likely they are to become smokers themselves.
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Facts About Tobacco
- 480,000 people die each year from tobacco-related diseases
- 3,200 children become regular users of tobacco everyday
- Nicotine dependence is the most common form of chemical dependence in the United States.
- Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death
- Secondhand smoke causes more than 42,000 premature deaths from heart disease in nonsmokers each year
- Over 23% of our high school students are currently using tobacco products
- E-cigarette use among high school students tripled between 2011 and 2013
- Quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying from smoking-related disease by about 90%
(Statistics provided by Center for Disease Control and the Mayo Clinic)
Tobacco-free educational training videos – “Freedom from Tobacco” – Counselor Video
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