Why be concerned about tobacco?
- Tobacco causes 5,500 deaths each year in Minnesota.
- For every person who dies from a smoking related illness, 20 more people suffer with at least one serious illness from smoking.
- Smoking costs Minnesota nearly $2 billion in health care costs every year.
Even if you have never smoked or chewed, we all pay the price for tobacco. When everyone understands the harm tobacco causes, we will see significant change. Each of us can do our part to bring about a healthy tobacco-free future by becoming better informed about the issues and then sharing what we learn with the people we know, including our elected officials. It’s really that simple. Grassroots people like us really do have the power to bring about positive change.
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Ruth Greenslade , Dodge County Coordinator
Four Corners Partnership