|Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Each year more than 480,000 people in the United States die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, that’s about one of every five deaths.
Smoking alone kills more Americans each year than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murder, and suicides…COMBINED.
Smoking-related illnesses in the U.S. cost more than $300 billion per year, nearly $170 billion for direct medical care, and more than $156 billion in lost productivity due to secondhand smoke exposure.
Every year nearly 60,000 non-smoking Americans die from illnesses caused by secondhand smoke.
Exposure to secondhand smoke for just 8 - 20 minutes has measurable effects linked with heart disease and stroke.
- Today Show interview with Dr. Nancy Schneiderman, January 2008.
- American Academy of Pediatrics identifies thirdhand smoke as a specific threat to child health and provides links to related research.
Additional Tobacco Resources
- Colorado STEPP (State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership) provides resources and tools for education and prevention of tobacco use in Colorado.
- Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment‘s Online Resource Center enables access to numerous products and the latest campaign support materials.
- Surgeon General’s Report (SGR) highlights 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention, presents new data on the health consequences of tobacco use, and details initiatives that can end the tobacco use epidemic in the U.S. Check out some SGR related videos:
The Next 50 Years: “We can end smoking and tobacco use for good”
Tillamook Pharmacy Tobacco Free for over 50 Years: “Everyone will feel a lot better about themselves when they quit … selling it”
- Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education (RMC) provides Colorado schools with tools and strategies for developing and implementing comprehensive tobacco free schools policy with a Checklist Toolkit and training.
- For students in college, Create Change: A Student Toolkit from the Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative provides resources and tools to establish a tobacco-free campus policy.
- The BACCHUS Initiative of NASPA is a national network to support peer education and leadership on campuses to create positive change towards tobacco use and exposure.