Hamilton County Public Health is a leader in the fight against tobacco use and exposure in Hamilton County. The Division of Health Promotion and Education works with a variety of partners in the community to prevent tobacco use, help people quit, and protect people from secondhand smoke.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, killing more than 400,000 Americans each year. In Ohio alone, tobacco use claims the lives of about 20,000 individuals each year – that’s 52 lives each day – and costs $3.4 billion annually in health care expenditures. Additionally, each Ohio household pays $602 in taxes to cover tobacco related illnesses.
In Ohio, more than 23.3 percent of residents, 21.1 percent of high school students, and 3.7 percent of middle school students, use tobacco products (Source: American Lung Association, State of Tobacco Control, 2014). Every day, thousands of children try their first cigarette or become addicted to tobacco – an addiction that could one day end their lives prematurely.