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Tobacco Kills !!!
bulletTobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States,
causing more than 430,000 deaths each year.
bulletEach year, smoking kills more people than AIDS, alcohol, drug abuse, car crashes, murders, suicides, and fires---combined!
bulletTobacco kills as many Americans as in all our wars combined.  Over 1,000,000,000 people.  Tobacco kills that many every 3 years -- Source USMC National Health Naval Research Center - San Diego, CA.
bulletKentucky is number one in Lung Cancer and Number One in Smoking. KY looses an estimated 7800 lives per year and over 100,000 potential years of life lost (CDC).  Use the link below to view the loss of life table:  

Smoking Incidence and Disparities  !!!    View CDC Document

Kentucky has the highest rate of smoking in the United States, tied with West Virginia -- 25.6% of the adults.
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Nationwide 24% of men and 18% of women smoke.  26% of adults with less than a high school education smoke compared to only 6% of adults with post-graduate education smoke.   20% at or above the poverty level smoke compared to 31% below the poverty level.    View Document


Smokers are hooked when they are children !!!

bulletApproximately 80% of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18. Every day, nearly 3,000 young people under the age of 18 become regular smokers.  Among adults in the United States who have ever smoked daily, 91.3% tried their first cigarette and 77.0% became daily smokers before age 20 years (2). Among high school seniors who had ever tried smokeless tobacco (SLT), 73% did so by the ninth grade (2).  Cigarette usage in Kentucky is well established by the 8th grade (3).  A survey of 20 life-time smokers at Somerset High School in 2002 showed the average grade of starting smoking is 8.8.
  1. CDC. The health consequences of smoking:  Nicotine addiction -- a report by the Surgeon General. Rockville, Maryland: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, CDC, 1988; DHHS publication no. (CDC)88-8406.
  2. US Department of Health and Human Services. Preventing tobacco use among young people: a report by the Surgeon General. Atlanta: US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 1994.
  3. Kentucky Youth Tobacco Survey 2000.  Kentucky Epidemiology Notes & Reports.  March 2002, page 2.

Children will imitate their piers and role models.  If they see a teacher or sports figure smoking, they will be motivated to smoke.  Thus, keeping children from not smoking can largely be achieved by presenting to them community models of not smoking.  This is called the "Paradigm Shift" theory of smoking prevention.  As one child said to me after a non-smoking school presentation  "If smoking is really that bad for you wouldn't it be illegal".  

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bulletIn Kentucky, 22% of middle school and 37% of high school students currently use cigarettes (one or more in the past 30 days) compared to the national average of 9% and 29%, respectively.   Overall, 32% of Kentucky middle school student smokers and 47% of Kentucky high school smokers reported needing a cigarette every day.

Reference:  Kentucky Youth Tobacco Survey 2000, Kentucky Epidemiologic Notes & Reports:  Vol 37, No 2,  March 2002.

Kentucky has a Very High Rate Of Smoking !!!

bulletCDC Morbidity and Mortality Report:   November 7, 1997:
The median prevalence of current adult smoking was 23.5 percent with state-specific prevalence ranging from 15.9 percent (Utah) to 31.5 percent (Kentucky).

Approximately one-third to one-half of adults who currently smoke have children living in the home, and the majority (70 percent) allow smoking in some or all areas of the home.

The estimated number of children exposed to ETS (environmental tobacco smoke) in the home ranged from 32,105 (Delaware) to 1,120,051 (New York).

The following is from a survey of 46 Somerset, KY High School Students (Year 2000):

Males Females Total
Lifetime Tobacco Users 85% 50% 70%
Current Tobacco Users 73% 20% 50%
Lifetime Smokers 77% 50% 65%
Current Smokers 58% 20% 41%
Frequent Smokers 46% 20% 35%

The following terms are defined by the CDC:

bulletLifetime Smoker:  Ever smoked even if just one puff.
bulletCurrent User:  Smoked in last 30 days.
bulletFrequent User:  Smoked 20 or more cigarettes in last 30 days.
bulletEstablished User:  Smoked more than 100 cigarettes in their lifetime.

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