The leading cause of death and disease in West Virginia continues to be tobacco use with high prevalence for both smoking and spit tobacco. Almost 4,000 West Virginia residents die each year from tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure.
The economic costs of tobacco use are incredibly high in West Virginia. These costs are estimated to be nearly $2 billion annually, half from direct healthcare costs and the other half associated with occupational and work productivity costs.
Fact: Cigarette smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in the body. The new 2014 Surgeon General Report on Smoking adds two new cancers to the list, including liver and colorectal cancer. Read a summary and major conclusions of the report here.
CDC HAS RELEASED NEW EDUCATIONAL FACT SHEETS
ON SMOKING AND PREGNANCY, CLEFT PALATE PREVENTION