When your organization helps clients, teens and the under-served quit smoking and chewing, everyone benefits!
Medicaid, Mental Health, and Drug Alcohol Dependencies
32.6% of Medicaid recipients in the US smoke vs. 19.8% in the overall adult population.
10 to 20% of all state Medicaid program costs, totaling more than 30 billion a year, are spent on smoking related illnesses and diseases.>
42% of all cigarettes smoked in the US are consumed by individuals with a current mental illness.
Among those who seek treatment for drug and alcohol problems, 80% smoke.
The tobacco industry targets rural populations through advertisement and sponsorship of rural events such as rodeos and sports activities.
Combined with lower access to disease prevention services and health care, this makes rural populations extremely vulnerable to tobacco related diseases.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered
The GLBT estimated rate of smoking is twice that of heterosexuals in similar geographic and socioeconomic circumstances.
Smoking rates among GLBT youth are estimated to be considerably higher (38% to 59%) than rates among heterosexual youth (28% to 35%)
Department of Corrections, Drug Courts and Juvenile Detention Centers
Tobacco is integrally bound up in the prison culture. Although tobacco is banned in many correctional facilities, prisoners report that tobacco serves as currency in exchange for goods, paying debts, and gambling.
From our experience teaching tobacco education in juvenile detention centers, most teens report a daily use of tobacco products outside of incarceration.