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For Immediate Release: January 25, 2013
Contact: Division of News & Electronic Media, Office of Communication
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Tobacco Control State Highlights 2012 Released

What

CDC released the Tobacco Control State Highlights 2012 report which provides an overview of the implementation of strategies that reduce tobacco use in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. While states have made progress, the reduction of tobacco use nationwide has slowed. The report shows that more work needs to be done to end the epidemic of tobacco-related death and disease.

When

Friday, January 25, 2013

Where

To access CDC’s Tobacco Control State Highlights 2012 report, visit www.cdc.gov/tobacco. For more state-specific tobacco-related data, visit CDC's State Tobacco Activities Tracking and Evaluation System at http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/statesystem.

Background

Each year, approximately 443,000 people die from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million suffer from a serious smoking-related illness.  Moreover, costs associated with smoking-related illness amount to nearly $96 billion in medical expenses, $97 billion in lost productivity, and 5.1 million years of potential life lost in the United States annually.

For quitting assistance, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.smokefree.gov.
For real stories of people who have quit successfully, visit www.cdc.gov/tips. Also, visit www.BeTobaccoFree.gov for information on quitting and preventing children from using tobacco.

 

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