Tobacco Awareness

If you’re clever enough to get here, you’re smart enough to live tobacco-free.

Made possible with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

November 21st is the American Cancer Society’s “Great American Smoke Out“, where you can join thousands of other tobacco users nationwide in going 24 hours completely tobacco free.  For more information, click on the American Cancer Society link on the right.

Tobacco affects everyone in Michigan in a variety of ways.  Whether you’re a smoker, a chewer, or just live with someone who is, here are a few facts:

  • Cigarette butts account for 50% of the trash found along Michigan shorelines.
  • In 2004, 94,700 cigarette butts were collected at Lake Michigan beaches; 24,292 cigarette butts were collected in one hour.
  • Tobacco kills approximately 14,500 Michigan adults each year.
  • Children now under 18 and alive in Michigan who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking is a staggering 298,000.
  • Smoking kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined.
  • The Tobacco Industry loses 1200 customers every day. Because they die.
  • The first Surgeon General’s report on tobacco was issued on Jan 11, 1964 and alerted the nation to the deadly consequences of smoking.
  • The tobacco epidemic costs the nation nearly $100 billion in health care expenditures each year.
  • Nearly 1,000 teenagers become regular smokers each day – one-third of them will die prematurely as a result.
  • While 42.4 percent of US adults smoked in 1965, only 19 percent did so in 2011 – a 55 percent decline.
  • Smoking among high school students has been cut in half since 1997, from 36.4 percent to 18.1 percent.  If you are a current smoker, you are quite literally “the last of a dying breed.”
  • Despite the declines 44 million adults and 3.6 million children and adolescents in the United States still smoke.
  • Cigarette butts are the most polluted item on the planet.  About 4.5 trillion cigarette butts are littered annually.
  • Nationally, cigarette butts account for one-quarter or more of the items tossed onto streets and other roadways.
  • According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide – killing more than five million people each year.

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