In 2011, tobacco use cost Alaska $563 million – from the combined cost of direct medical expenditures and lost productivity due to tobacco-related deaths.
The use of tobacco products remains the nation’s number one cause of preventable death, killing more than 480,000 Americans and nearly 600 Alaskans each year from direct use and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke (Alaska Tobacco Facts 2014). Ongoing research shows even more health harms and deadly consequences from direct smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Protect our People
Too many Alaskans have lost loved ones to tobacco use. We can change the story, but it takes all of us in our communities.
- Parents are quitting tobacco as role models for their children,
- Tribal and community leaders are creating smoke-free workplaces,
- Youth are taking action to make their schools healthy, tobacco-free places, and
- Elders are passing down knowledge and traditions, not tobacco.
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