Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Center 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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- Big changes are coming on October 1, 2014, when the US will replace ICD-9-CM with ICD-10 code sets—a system used for classifying health conditions and in-hospital procedures.
- This change has implications for the way public health officials monitor trends Cdc-pdf[PDF – 168 KB] in diseases, injuries, healthcare visits, and hospital inpatient procedures.
- Public health entities should find out if their organization is affected and access helpful resources to plan for the transition by visiting CDC’s ICD-10 Transition website.
- Higher excise taxes increase the price of cigarettes, which can help discourage youth and young adults from starting to smoke. The average state excise tax on cigarettes is $1.48 per pack.
- As of June 30, 2013, 26 states and the District of Columbia had comprehensive smoke-free laws that protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke in restaurants, worksites, and bars.
- For more information about the status of policies and practices relating to tobacco and 9 other public health topics in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, check out CDC’s 2013 Prevention Status Reports.
- Every 4½ minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States.
- US hospital costs for people with birth defects exceed $2.6 billion annually. Families, communities, and the government share these costs.
- Educational materials on birth defects can help raise awareness in your community during National Birth Defects Prevention MonthExternal and throughout the year.
- Only 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 4 binge drinkers report that a health professional has ever talked with them about alcohol use.
- At least 38 million US adults drink too much alcohol, resulting in about 88,000 deaths each year and costing the economy about $224 billion.
- Health professionals can use alcohol screening and brief counselingExternal to improve the health of patients who drink too much.
- Mercury spills in schools are not only dangerous but also expensive to clean up.
- Mercury exposure Cdc-pdf[PDF-1.1MB] can affect the nervous system, lungs, and kidneys of children. Serious cases can result in brain damage—and even death.
- Help schools prepare for and prevent a mercury spill; visit the new Don’t Mess with Mercury website for educational materials and animated video messages.
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