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American Lung Association Celebrates World No Tobacco Day

(May 31, 2019) - SEATTLE, Wash.

Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and the American Lung Association celebrates World No Tobacco Day today to raise awareness about the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco.

Tobacco use takes an estimated 480,000 lives every year in the U.S. And the need for Washington to protect youth from tobacco is more urgent than ever, with youth e-cigarette use reaching epidemic levels due to a 78 percent increase in high school e-cigarette use from 2017 to 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This equals one million additional youth beginning to use e-cigarettes, placing their developing bodies at risk from the chemicals in e-cigarettes, as well as a lifetime of deadly addiction.

“We must invest in tobacco prevention measures to reduce overall tobacco use,” said Season Oltmann, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Washington. “The passage of Washington’s new bill to limit tobacco sales to people over 21 is a great start, but we have a lot of work ahead of us.”

Even though Washington receives an estimated $550 million from tobacco settlement payments and tobacco taxes, less than $2 million of those funds are used for tobacco prevention and cessation increasing funding for tobacco control programs. 

For more information about the negative health effects of tobacco visit You can also call the American Lung Association Lung HelpLine at 1-800-LUNG-USA to speak with respiratory therapists and registered nurses regarding questions about lung health.

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