American Lung Association Celebrates World No Tobacco Day
(May 31, 2019) - BOISE, Idaho
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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 Idaho to protect youth from starting 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 Stacy Mortenson, Health Promotions Division Director for the American Lung Association in Idaho. “Adequate funding for tobacco prevention and cessation programs is crucial to reduce the health harms of tobacco.”
Despite Idaho receiving an estimated $76 million from tobacco settlement payments and tobacco taxes, the state does not fund tobacco control efforts at levels recommended by the CDC.
For more information about the negative health effects of tobacco visit Lung.org/tobacco, and to see Idaho’s tobacco grades visit Lung.org/sotc. 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.
About the American Lung Association
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.
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