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Nebraska Tobacco Facts

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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 2012.

  • Youth (grades 9-12) smoking rate: 11% in 2013 - down from 34% in 1993.

  • Youth who use smokeless tobacco (chew): 8% in 2013 - down from 10.1% in 2003.

  • Youth who use cigars, cigarillos, or little cigars: 8% in 2013 - 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.

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

  • The smoking rate among pregnant women in Nebraska is 13.1%.

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