Pam Childs, marketing specialist with Associated Foods, and Lena Dibble, spokesperson for the Truth Campaign visit Studio 5 with important news for you.
• Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
• It is the only legal consumer product that kills one third to one half of those who use it as intended by its manufacturers.
• More than 4,000 chemicals are found in a single puff of smoke.
• On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
• In the United States, cigarette smoking is responsible for about one in five deaths annually, or about 438,000 deaths per year.
• In the United States, 23% of high school students are current cigarette smokers.
• Among adult smokers, 70% report that they want to quit completely, and more than 40% try to quit each year.
Quick Facts Pertaining to Utah:
• More than 200,000 Utahns use tobacco
• 9.5% of Utah adults smoke.
• 81% of Utah’s smokers want to quit.
• 52% of Utah smokers tried to quit last year.
• 5.9% of Utah’s pregnant women smoke.
• 24,000 Utah children breathe secondhand smoke in the home.
• Each year, more than 1,100 Utah adults die as a result of their own smoking, and an estimated 140 to 250 adults, children, and babies die due to secondhand smoke exposure.
• The Utah economy loses a staggering $530 million annually to smoking-attributable medical and productivity costs.
• Major tobacco companies spend more than $60 million each year marketing tobacco products in Utah – several times more than what Utah spends on anti-tobacco programming.
Associated Foods’ Dan’s, Dick’s and Macey’s go smoke free:
• Beginning on June 1, Dan’s and Macey’s grocery stores will no longer sell tobacco products.
• Dick’s Market stores in Davis County have already stopped selling tobacco products.
• Dan’s, Dick’s and Macey’s offer cessation programs to help team members who would like to stop using tobacco.
• Associated Foods’ focus on healthy lifestyles and “family-first” orientation is a key element of all of the stores.
For help in quitting, call the tobacco Quit Line at 1-888-567 TRUTH or visit www.utahquitnet.com
Or to learn more about helping those around you in their attempt to quit tobacco, visit www.WeDidItStory.com