Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and in New Hampshire. Most COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), the umbrella term for chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema, is caused by tobacco use or exposure to secondhand smoke. Tobacco use is also known to cause many forms of cancer. Exposure to secondhand smoke causes chronic ear and respiratory infections in children and makes asthma worse. Breathe New Hampshire is committed to preventing youth from using tobacco products, eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke, and helping those already addicted to the nicotine in tobacco products to quit, and stay quit.
The NH Youth Network brought attention to the impact of tobacco use in New Hampshire and the number of lives lost in New Hampshire due to smoking through NH Soles Lost… At What Cost™?.
1 - New Hampshire Tobacco Data Book, 2007 NH DHHS, Division of Public Health Services, Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
2 - 2012 Report of the Surgeon General – Preventing Tobacco Use Among Youth and Young Adults- US Department of Health and Human Services
3 - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking-Attributable Mortality, Years of Potential Life Lost, and Productivity Losses—United States, 2000–2004. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 2008; 57 (45):1226–8 [accessed 2011 Mar 11].
4- The Toll of Tobacco in NH-Campaign forTobacco Free Kids, Washington DC. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) ―State Specific Smoking-Attributable Mortality and Years of Potential Life Lost-US, 2000-2004, January 22, 2009