viernes, 12 de diciembre de 2014 – 11 de diciembre de 2014 – EEUU

National Report: Washington ranks 44th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Washington ranks 44th in the country in funding programs that prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit, according to a national report released today by a coalition of public health organizations. The state's once-vaunted tobacco prevention program remains a shell of its former self.

The report challenges states to do more by shining the spotlight on Florida, which has cut its high school smoking rate to a record low 7.5 percent. The report details the lives and health care dollars each state could save if it brought its teen smoking rate down to Florida's.

If Washington reduced its high school smoking rate from the current 9.5 percent to 7.5 percent, it would prevent 44,210 kids from becoming adult smokers, saving 15,570 lives and $773.7 million in future health care costs. Today in Washington, tobacco annually claims 8,300 lives and costs the state $2.8 billion in health care bills.

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