Reducing the Toll of Tobacco

Tobacco is an addictive and deadly product. Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body and remains the number one cause of preventable death.

In Ohio:

  • 18.0% of adults smoke cigarettes.
  • 36.7% of high school students use tobacco products including 4.9% who smoke cigarettes, 29.8% who use e-cigarettes, 9.9% who use smokeless tobacco, and 7.2% who smoke cigars.
  • Additionally, 16.7% of middle school students use tobacco products.
  • 33.8% of cancer deaths are caused by smoking.

If nothing is done to reduce smoking rates, 259,000 Ohio kids currently under 18 will ultimately die prematurely from smoking. Ohio can and must do better. To learn more about the impact of  tobacco in Ohio and the need to invest in tobacco control to reduce taxpayers costs, protect kids, and save lives click here.