Smoking & Tobacco Use
"Did You Know?" is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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March 27, 2015
- Smoking can cause colorectal cancer and vision loss (macular degeneration), two critical health problems addressed in this year’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign.
- The Tips campaign is a “best buy” for public health, costing only $393 per year of life saved—see how it works in this
- You can promote smoking cessation by using and sharing Tips campaign resources, including videos, social media messages, print ads, buttons, and more.
February 6, 2015
- More than 58 million nonsmokers in the US—including 15 million children ages 3-11—are exposed to secondhand smoke, according to the latest CDC Vital Signs.
- Exposure to secondhand smoke kills more than 41,000 adult nonsmokers each year from heart disease and lung cancer and more than 400 infants from sudden infant death syndrome.
- Proven interventions, including adopting smoke-free policies for public and residential buildings, can reduce secondhand smoke exposure.
July 11, 2014
- According to a new Surgeon General’s report, smoking and secondhand smoke cause 480,000 deaths annually in the US, and for every smoking-related death, more than 30 people live with a smoking-related illness.
- CDC's 2012 Tips from Former Smokers campaign led to an estimated 1.64 million Americans trying to quit smoking, and at least 100,000 of those smokers are expected to stay smokefree.
- The 2014 Tips campaign features new diseases and conditions in former smokers: HIV and stroke, gum disease/tooth loss, and premature birth.