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Every year, Nebraska spends $630 per person
– no matter their age –
for smoking related medical expenses and lost productivity.
- Adult smoking rate: 20% in 2011.
- Youth (grades 9-12) smoking rate: 15% in 2011 - down from 34% in 1993.
- Youth who use smokeless tobacco (chew): 6% in 2011 - down from 10.1% in 2003.
- Youth who use cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars: 10% in 2011 - down from 18.2% in 2003.
- Over 2,300 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): 36,000.
- 96,000 kids are exposed to secondhand smoke at home.
- 3.9 million packs of cigarettes are illegally bought or smoked by kids each year.
- Annual smoking-related health care costs: $592 million.
- Annual cost of lost productivity due to smoking: $506 million.
- 96.2 percent of Nebraskans agree that inhaling secondhand smoke is harmful to babies and children.
- The smoking rate among pregnant women in Nebraska is 12.5%.
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