Did you know that tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death? The costs of tobacco use are measured in lives and dollars and reach our families, communities, businesses and the government. Today, March 15, is National Kick Butts Day, a day when the youth and youth leaders and educators are encouraged to speak out and bring attention to the dangers of tobacco use in their communities.

In honor of National Kick Butts day, here are a few facts about tobacco use in the United States:

  • Every day, 3,200 people younger than 18 years start smoking.
  • 5.6 million are expected to die early because of tobacco and nicotine use.
  • Currently, one person dies every six seconds from a tobacco-related disease.

It is hard to quit smoking, but you can do it. To have the best chance of quitting, you need the facts, what your options are and where to go for help.

Breathe Pennsylvania has become Western Pennsylvania’s premier provider of tobacco education, cessation, and prevention programs. For more information on Tobacco Cessation, Education and Prevention programs, contact us at 724-772-1750 or rkishlock@breathepa.org.