A Winnable Battle
We know how to win the fight against tobacco. Science and experience have identified proven, cost-effective strategies that prevent kids from using tobacco, help those who use tobacco to quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. These strategies include:
- Higher tobacco taxes
- Smoke-Free Policy in work and public places
- Well-funded programs, including mass media campaigns that prevent kids from starting to use tobacco and that help adults quit.
- Regulations of the manufacturing, marketing and sale of tobacco products.
- Decrease minors’ access to tobacco.
Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death.
In Fond du Lac County 131 people die every year from tobacco related diseases.
The tobacco industry spends about $146 million in marketing in WI each year and has many resources to keep users hooked and to target potential customers.
In Wisconsin, annual tax collections from smokers total more than $645 million but less than 1% of that is dedicated to help smokers quit and prevent youth from starting.
In Transform Wisconsin's findings of their statewide poll on obesity prevention and tobacco issues, 67 percent of respondents favor closing tobacco tax loopholes by requiring that candy and fruit flavored tobacco products are taxed at the same rate as cigarettes (47% strongly favor).
There is no safe level of secondhand smoke.
Being in a smoky room for even a short time (15-30 minutes) causes your blood platelets to stick together and damages the lining of your blood vessels. In your heart, these changes can be deadly.
Breathing in secondhand smoke at home or work increases the risk of developing heart disease by 25 to 30 percent and increases the chance of getting lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent.