Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Its harm extends beyond tobacco users and affects those exposed to secondhand smoke.
- Kentucky consistently ranks as the #1 or #2 state in the country in the percentage of its citizens who continue to use tobacco.
- The smoking related costs in Kentucky are estimated at 3.6 billion dollars each year.
- In 2009 26% of Kentucky citizens regularly used tobacco. Here in Louisville we’re only somewhat better with 24% of Louisville citizens still using tobacco.
- in Louisville one in four (1 in 4) adults smokes.
Louisville has adopted the four Centers for Disease Control (CDC) goals to reduce the negative health effects due to tobacco use:
- Prevent initiation of tobacco use among young people
- Promote quitting among young people and adults
- Eliminate nonsmokers’ exposure to environmental tobacco smoke
- Identify and eliminate the disparities related to tobacco use and its effects among different population groups
Learn more about tobacco use and smoking.
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