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TOBACCO KILLS MORE ALABAMIANS …than alcohol …auto accidents …AIDS …suicides …murders …and illegal drugs COMBINED?

SMOKING CAUSES
  • 87 percent of lung cancer cases
  • 90 percent of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • 21 percent of deaths from heart disease
  • 18 percent of deaths from strokes.
SPIT (SMOKELESS) TOBACCO CONTAINS

28 cancer-causing agents.

SMOKING DURING PREGNANCY CAUSES

Low birth weight babies, miscarriages, premature birth, and stillbirth.

EXPOSURE TO SECONDHAND SMOKE CAUSES
  • Heart disease
  • Cancers
  • Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Asthma attacks
  • Bronchitis, and pneumonia
THE HEALTH OF TOBACCO IN ALABAMA
  • Number of people who die each year as a result of their own smoking 7,500
  • Number of youth who are under the age of 18 who will die prematurely from smoking (at current smoking rates) 174,000
  • Number of nonsmokers who die every year from the exposure to secondhand smoke 850
  • THE ECONOMIC TOLL OF TOBACCO IN ALABAMA
  • Annual healthcare costs directly caused by smoking $1.49 billion
  • Portion of healthcare costs covered by Medicare $238 million
  • Productivity losses attributed to smoking each year $2.24 billion

(Stats taken from Healthwatch that is published by: State Employees' Insurance Board)

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