Why Quit?

In Idaho, smoking kills more people than alcohol, car crashes, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined. More than 1,800 Idahoans die from smoking-related diseases annually – an average of four people per day. And yet, tobacco companies spend an estimated $43 million each year in our state.

In Idaho:

  • 10,200 high school students smoke (12.2% of the total high school population)
  • 61,000 children are exposed to secondhand smoke at home
  • 30,200 youth are projected to ultimately die from smoking
  • $319,000,000 in annual healthcare costs are caused by smoking
  • $527 is the average Idaho household federal and state tax burden due to smoking

Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemical compounds, including 50 known cancer-causing chemicals. For example, the poisons in cigarette smoke include carbon monoxide, which is found in exhaust fumes produced by cars and trucks, and hydrogen cyanide, a colorless gas that causes nerve, lung and heart problems.

  • Infants and children of parents who smoke are more likely to have ear infections and asthma and have more frequent lower respiratory problems such as coughs, pneumonia, bronchitis and croup.
  • Smoking can contribute to tooth decay and gum disease, both of which are also linked to heart disease.
  • Women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely to give birth early to a baby that is underweight and prone to health and/or learning problems later in life.
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke increases an infant’s risk for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • People who live with a smoker have a 20% greater risk of developing lung cancer than those who live with a nonsmoker.
  • Employees exposed to secondhand smoke on the job have a 30% greater risk of getting lung cancer than employees who work in a non-smoking environment.