Youth Programs

 NH Soles Lost… At What Cost

The tobacco awareness project, NH Soles Lost… At What Cost? was created by Breathe New Hampshire Youth Network members to bring attention to the impact of tobacco use in New Hampshire.  Used shoes were collected and then displayed to demonstrate the number of lives lost each year in New Hampshire due to smoking.

Consider the following statistics:

1,900:  The number of people in NH who die each year from smoking

$729 Million:  amount of money spent on smoking-related health care costs in NH each year

$0:  amount of state money spent on tobacco use prevention in NH each year. NH does receive money from a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) federal grant

158:  number of people in NH who die per month from smoking

1 Pair of shoes represents 1 NH life lost from smoking

Different size shoes represent the various ages and occupations of those impacted by tobacco use who are no longer alive as well as those affected by secondhand smoke

WHY is this project important?  We want to discourage friends and family members from smoking. Many of us know someone who has died from a smoking related illness.  


Follow the Shoes!
Pairs Collected

Thank you to everyone who donated and displayed shoes!



YAB with Shoes for Shoe Project

Youth Advisory Board members introducing NH Soles Lost… At What Cost? to the legislators at the NH State House in Concord