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Nebraska Tobacco Facts

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Every year, Nebraska spends at least $727 per person
– no matter their age –
for smoking related medical expenses and lost productivity.

  • Adult smoking rate: 17% in 2014.

  • Youth (grades 9-12) smoking rate: 13% in 2015 - down from 34% in 1993.

  • Youth who use smokeless tobacco (chew): 9% in 2015 - down from 10.1% in 2003.

  • Youth who use cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars: 8% in 2015 - down from 18.2% in 2003.

  • Over 2,500 Nebraskans die each year from smoking-attributable causes.

  • Number of kids now under 18 who will likely die early from smoking (if current trends continue): 38,000.

  • Kids (under 18) who become new daily smokers each year: 1,800.

  • 3.3 million packs of cigarettes are illegally bought or smoked by kids each year.

  • Annual smoking-related medical expenses: $795 million.

  • Annual cost of lost productivity due to smoking: $532 million.

  • 97% of Nebraskans agree that inhaling secondhand smoke is harmful to children and adults.

  • The smoking rate among pregnant women in Nebraska is 11%.

Sources: Nebraska Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Nebraska Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), Nebraska Vital Statistics, Nebraska Adult Tobacco/Social Climate Survey, Nebraska Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

For more information, contact:
Tobacco Free Nebraska
P.O. Box 95026
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-5026
Phone: (402) 471-2101
E-mail: TFN Info