Tobacco companies are after our kids and it’s working.
Tobacco is still a problem in North Dakota.
- 90% of smokers start smoking by their 18th birthday.
- Every year, 300 North Dakota kids become daily, addicted smokers.
- Currently, 4,500 North Dakota High School kids smoke.
- 22.3% of North Dakota kids use e-cigarettes - twice the amount of the national average.
Good Parenting is Not Enough.
Smoking kills people. We know this. But since dead people can't smoke, tobacco companies have to find a replacement for every person they kill. Their favorite replacements are kids.
Of all the young people who become new smokers each year, almost a third will die from it:
- Kids now under 18 who will ultimately die prematurely from smoking: 14,000
- Adults who die each year from their own smoking: 1,000
Tobacco costs us all, even if you don’t smoke. We all pay in death, health care costs, taxes, and lost productivity. North Dakota smoking-caused monetary costs include:
- Annual health care costs directly caused by smoking: $326 million
- Medicaid costs caused by smoking: $56.9 million
- Residents' state & federal tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures: $746 per household
- Smoking-caused productivity losses: $232.6 million
Toll of Tobacco in ND - Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids
Deaths Caused by Smoking - Best Practices
Annual Healthcare Spending Attributable to Smoking - AJPM
Health Consequences of Smoking 50 Years - Diseases - Surgeon General