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For the last 15 years, Tobacco Free Sarpy and Tobacco Free Cass County were educating, advocating, and fighting big tobacco to address the multiple negative impacts of tobacco in our community. In August 2017, the two coalitions officially joined forces and created Tobacco Education & Advocacy of the Midlands (T.E.A.M).
Do you know how tobacco affects our community?
Our Health. Smoking is still the #1 cause of preventable death, killing 6 million people a year, including 2,500 Nebraskans. That’s more than the entire population of Ashland that dies every single year, right here in the good life. Families are losing their mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and grand parents because of tobacco. There are walks in the park, job promotions, baseball games, home purchases, weddings, and graduations – all missed because of a product that if used correctly; will maim or kill you.
Our Youth. The tobacco industry spends over a million dollars an hour on marketing. Internal tobacco marketing documents prove that the industry spends those dollars specifically marketing to ages 12-15. In Nebraska – 1,800 youth under age 18 become daily smokers each year.
Our Budget. Businesses lose $532 million worth of productivity due to smoking, plus Nebraska spends $795 million on smoking-related health care costs per year. That means state tax payers are annually spending $727 per person, regardless of age, on smoking-related health care expenses and lost productivity. Nebraska also has the 9th lowest cigarette taxes in the U.S.
Our Environment. Cigarette waste is the #1 littered item on the planet. These butts are filled with cancer causing chemicals that get into our soil, groundwater, lakes, streams, sidewalks, and playgrounds.