Tobacco Use and Exposure
Preventing tobacco-related diseases through tobacco-free policies and cessation programming.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Washington County and in the nation. Preventing its use and exposure by adults and children is the only way to decrease the effects of smoking. Living Healthy in Washington County supports tobacco-free policies that limit smoking, limit exposure of children to the harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke, and help decrease smoking rates through comprehensive cessation programs.
- Close to 400,000 people die in the U.S. from tobacco-caused disease*
- Another 50,000 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke*
- Each day thousands of kids still pick up a cigarette for the first time. 40 percent of 12th grade males and 20 percent of 12th grade females had used tobacco products in the past 30 days*
2010 Minnesota Student Survey
American Lung Association, 2013
- Guide and support policies to reduce tobacco use and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke
- Encourage and support comprehensive cessation programming in the county
Lakeview Health – Freedom From Smoking classes
American Lung Association
Minnesota Department of Health
Electronic Cigarettes Fact Sheet
Hookah Fact Sheet
Little Cigars and Cigarillos Fact Sheet
New Tobacco Products Fact Sheet
Quit Smoking and Save Money! - Check it out.