What we should know about secondhand smoke:
What's in tobacco smoke?
- 7,000 chemical compounds
- At least 69 cancer causing poisons
- 85% of lung cancers are caused by smoking in the U.S.
How harmful is it?
- No safe level of exposure
- Damage to the body is immediate
- 7,500 tobacco related deaths in Alabama
What it costs...
- $1.49 billion in direct annual health care costs in Alabama due to smoking
- 850 adult nonsmokers die each year in Alabama from the exposure to secondhand smoke
- Exposure to secondhand smoke increases risks of heart disease by 25-30% and lung cancer by 20-30%
Economic Impact - Know the facts:
- Property value
- Customer satisfaction
- Health insurance costs
- Productivity losses due to employee sickness
- Property and liability insurance costs
- Risks of accidents and fires
- Cleaning and maintenance costs
- Risks of legal liability and worker's compensation claims
A $1 increase in the excise tax:
- Prevent 73,000 children from becoming addicted smokers
- Save 30,500 lives from premature smoking-caused deaths
- Generate annual revenue of $205 million for Alabama