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The Burden of Tobacco 2015 Report

A Burden of Tobacco report was recently released by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with some shocking statistics. Over a period of three years (2008-2012), it was revealed that 15% of Wisconsinites older than 35 years are dying to illnesses directly related to smoking annually. The report concluded that about 7,356 Wisconsin deaths were associated both indirectly and directly with tobacco use each year, averaging a total cost of about $3 million in health care each year. 

This report unveils the true burden of tobacco use in the state and its ongoing negative impacts on our overall health. Although the increase in awareness of the consequences of smoking have led to a general decline in the use of tobacco since the 1960s, it remains as one of the leading preventable causes of death in the United States.


Director of the American Lung Association in Wisconsin, Dona Winisky, said in a statement, “An investment in prevention today means dollars and lives saved tomorrow. We are reaping the rewards of previous investments in tobacco cessation and prevention, but we need to continue to make this a priority.”

The WWHF’s First Breath program works directly with pregnant women who wish to quit smoking for the benefit of their own health and the health of their baby. Pregnant or not, you can visit our website for resources that can help you quit smoking today.

Read the entire Burden of Tobacco Report

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