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Tobacco Prevention and Education

 Fast Tobacco Facts:

  • The CDC Estimates that U.S. consumers spent $90 billion in 2006 on tobacco products. For more information on this and other related statistics click here.

  • The CDC has found that more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. For more information on this and other tobacco-related health concerns, click here.

  • The CDC has found that separating smokers from nonsmokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings does NOT eliminate secondhand smoke exposure, more more information click here.

Hookah - The CDC has found the following information about Hookah smoking to be true: 

  •  Water pipe smoking delivers the addictive drug nicotine and is at least as toxic as cigarette smoke.

  • Due to the mode of smoking—including frequency of puffing, depth of inhalation, and length of the smoking session—hookah smokers may absorb higher concentrations of the toxins found in cigarette smoke.

  • A typical 1-hour-long hookah smoking session involves inhaling 100–200 times the volume of smoke inhaled from a single cigarette.

  • Hookah smokers are at risk for the same kinds of diseases as are caused by cigarette smoking, including oral cancer, lung cancer, stomach cancer, cancer of the esophagus, reduced lung function, and decreased fertility.

  • For more information on Hookah click here.

Secondhand Smoke - the CDC has conducted studies that have shown that smoke-free laws that ban smoking in public places like bars and restaurants improve air quality and decrease air pollution. For more information about secondhand smoke click here.

Smokeless Tobacco - the CDC has found that smokeless tobacco is not a safe substitute for smoking cigarettes. For more information on smokeless tobacco click here.

University of Toledo Smoke-Free and Tobacco-Free Policy

Quiting Tobacco - The CDC states that quitting tobacco is associated with the following health benefits:

  • Smoking cessation lowers the risk for lung and other types of cancer.

  • Smoking cessation reduces the risk for coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Coronary heart disease risk is reduced within 1 to 2 years of cessation.

  • Smoking cessation reduces respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. The rate of decline in lung function is slower among persons who quit smoking.

  • Smoking cessation reduces the risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

  • Smoking cessation by women during their reproductive years reduces the risk for infertility. Women who stop smoking during pregnancy also reduce their risk of having a low birth weight baby.



Last Updated: 12/4/17