Tobacco Facts
  • In today’s society, there are myriads of social issues that affect our community. Tobacco is only one of these problems. Initially it may seem to be a rather small problem compared to many other societal ills.
  • Tobacco use is the single most preventable health problem facing us today, not only in Indiana, but also nationally, and internationally.
  • Tobacco kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined!
  • 438,000 tobacco-related deaths annually in the U.S.
    • 10,300 are Hoosiers
      • 274 are citizens of Porter County, Indiana
        • approximately 60 are from Portage and 49 from Valparaiso
  • Indiana has the 2nd highest smoking rate in the U.S.
  • Approximately 37% of Indiana high school student and 15% of middle school students use tobacco
  • If current trends continue, 167,000 Indiana youth under the age of 18 will die from tobacco use.
  • Estimated that 22.7 million packs of cigarettes are sold each year to underage smokers in Indiana, adding to the increasing number of youth smokers.
  • Tobacco use promotes and/or exacerbates asthma, HIV, and diabetes.
  • Effects of short term use of tobacco’s include shortness of breath, cancer of the mouth, yellow fingers and nails, wrinkles, reduced circulation, and an increase in illnesses.
  • Tobacco use causes
    • 8 different types of cancer
    • Heart Disease
    • Stroke
    • Emphysema
    • Bronchitis
    • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)