Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program
Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking. Despite these risks, approximately 46.6 million U.S. adults smoke cigarettes. Smokeless tobacco, cigars, and pipes also have deadly consequences, including lung, larynx, esophageal, and oral cancers.
The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation program aims to decrease tobacco use in Licking County by encouraging tobacco-free environments and promoting cessation efforts. LCHD representatives either lead, or participate in a variety of community coalitions working toward reducing the impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in Licking County.
These include the Tobacco Use Reduction Network, the Licking County Wellness Coalition and Our Futures in Licking County. Tobacco use prevention is also included in LCHD’s Partners in Wellness school health curriculum.
- Ohio Adult Smoking Rate: 22.5%
- Ohio High School Smoking Rate: 19.4%
- Ohio Middle School Smoking Rate: 4.5%
- Ohio Deaths Caused by Smoking each year: 18,590
- Ohio Annual Cost of Tobacco Use: $9,174,669,000
*Source: American Lung Association, State of Tobacco Control 2012
- Licking County Adult Smoking Rate: 25%
- Source: Licking County Health Department, 2012 Community Health Assessment
- Percent of Licking County 12th grade students who have smoked in past month: 25.5%
- Percent of Licking County 10th grade students who have smoked in past month: 12.2%
- Percent of Licking County youth (6th-12th grade) who have used any tobacco product (past month): 14.2%
Source: Our Futures in Licking County, 2012 PRIDE Survey