Basic Facts About Tobacco
According to the National Center for Disease Control:
Tobacco use (cigar, cigarettes, chew and snuff) is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States each year. Tobacco causes more than 440,000 deaths each year in the U.S. and results in more than $75 billion dollars in direct medical cost.
- Nationally, smoking results in more than 6 million years of potential life lost each year.
The Texas Cancer Council reports:
The nicotine content in one "dip" of snuff can be four times that of a cigarette. 28 carcinogens have been identified in chewing tobacco and snuff. The risk of developing oral cancer for spit tobacco users can be as high as 11 times that of none users.
- Only half of all oral cancer patients are alive 5 years after diagnosis.
If you are a tobacco user and would like to quit, you are encouraged to see a nurse at Health Services. Tobacco Cessation assistance is available.