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Great American Smokeout: 196 Smoking Deaths In SEI

Posted On November 21, 2013

By Mike Perleberg

 

image(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the nation, but an estimated 24 percent of Indiana adults still have the habit.

 

An annual campaign is urging smokers to give up tobacco. The 38th Annual Great American Smokeout is recognized across the country on the third Thursday in November.

 

“Hoosiers can also use this day to make a plan to quit smoking or tobacco use, or to encourage a friend or loved one to quit,” said Miranda Spitznagle, Director of Tobacco Prevention and Cessation at the State Health Department.

 

Indiana residents can receive free help in quitting tobacco by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visiting www.QuitNowIndiana.com.

 

Lung cancer is the leading cause of preventable and premature cancer deaths in the United States and Indiana.  It kills an estimated 150,000 Americans and approximately 3,800 Hoosiers each year.

 

The State Health Department’s State of Tobacco Control Report for 2012 shows the negative impacts of smoking locally:

 

Dearborn County

Deaths attributable to smoking: 74

Deaths due to secondhand smoke: 9

Economic burden of secondhand smoke: $3.1 million

Births affected by smoking (low birth weight, SIDS, reduced lung function): 128

Cost of smoking related births: $221,718

 

Franklin County

Deaths attributable to smoking: 35

Deaths due to secondhand smoke: 4

Economic burden of secondhand smoke: $1.4 million

Births affected by smoking: 34

Cost of smoking related births: $58,963

 

Ohio County

Deaths attributable to smoking: 9

Deaths due to secondhand smoke: 1

Economic burden of secondhand smoke: $376,933

Births affected by smoking: 14

Cost of smoking related births: $24,173

 

Ripley County

Deaths attributable to smoking: 42

Deaths due to secondhand smoke: 5

Economic burden of secondhand smoke: $1.8 million

Births affected by smoking: 98

Cost of smoking related births: $169,720

 

Switzerland County

Deaths attributable to smoking: 15

Deaths due to secondhand smoke: 2

Economic burden of secondhand smoke: $652,806

Births affected by smoking: 40

Cost of smoking related births: $69,096

 

The department says smoking accounts for 87 percent of lung cancer deaths, and at least 30 percent of all cancer deaths. If everybody were to stop smoking, the occurrence of lung cancer would decrease by an estimated 90 percent.

 

“The positive health effects of quitting smoking begin immediately,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. William VanNess. “Within 20 minutes, blood pressure and pulse return to normal levels. Within 72 hours, the chance of a heart attack drops and sense of smell and taste begin to return. In three months, lung capacity increases and in one year, risk of heart attack is cut in half. Within five years, the heart disease rate drops to that of a non-smoker.”