Tobacco use is the number one preventable cause of death, but hundreds of Grant County residents still die each year from tobacco-related diseases. Countless other lives, including those of families and friends of smokers, are touched by the negative effects of tobacco use in our county.
Did you know?
- 16.8% of adults currently smoke cigarettes in the United States
- 15% of Washington adults smoke cigarettes, or about 835,000 adults
- 16% of Grant County adults are current smokers
- Each day, more than 3,200 people under 18 smoke their first cigarette, and approximately 2,100 youth and young adults become daily smokers.
- 9 out of 10 smokers start before the age of 18, and 98% start smoking by age 26.
- 1 in 5 adults and teenagers smoke.
- In 2011, an estimated 19% of U.S. adults were cigarette smokers.
- Approximately 18% of high school students smoke cigarettes
Why is smoking harmful to smokers?
- More than 16 million people already have at least one disease from smoking.
- More than 20 million Americans have died because of smoking since 1964, including approximately 2.5 million deaths due to exposure to secondhand smoke.
- 8.6 million people live with a serious illness caused by smoking.
- On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
- An estimated 88 million nonsmoking Americans, including 54% of children aged 3–11 years, are exposed to secondhand smoke.
- Each year, primarily because of exposure to secondhand smoke, an estimated 3,000 nonsmoking Americans die of lung cancer.
- Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their lung cancer risk by 20–30%.
- Nonsmokers who are exposed to secondhand smoke at home or work increase their heart disease risk by 25–30%.
- More than 33,000 nonsmokers die every year in the United States from coronary heart disease caused by exposure to secondhand smoke.
- Definition: Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery operated products designed to turn nicotine and other chemicals into a vapor. You then inhale the vapor.
- E-Cigarettes may contain ingredients that are known to be toxic to humans. Because clinical studies about the safety of e-cigarettes have not been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you have no way of knowing:
- If they are safe
- Which chemicals they contain
- How much nicotine you are inhaling
- With e-cigarettes there are many unknowns, including the unknown health effects of long-term use. Currently, there are no e-cigarettes approved by FDA for therapeutic uses so they cannot be recommended as a cessation aid.
Questions? Contact GCHD at 509-766-7960