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.
30 percent of 11th grade males and 24 percent of 11th grade females had used tobacco products in the past 30 days.
Close to 400,000 people die in the U.S. from tobacco-caused disease
Another 50,000 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke
⇒ Guide and support policies to reduce tobacco use and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke
⇒ Encourage and support comprehensive cessation programming in the county