The consequences of smoking

(AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach, File)

(WIAT) – More than 100,000 Alabama children alive today will die prematurely as a result of smoking. That alarming statement comes from the report titled “The Health Consequences of Smoking:  50 Years of Progress”, which states those deaths will become a reality if the current smoking rates continues.

The report takes a look at the 50 year effort to combat health concerns as a result of smoking. It states 7,500 Alabamians over the age of 35 die each year from complications of smoking. And it costs the state more than $5.6 million dollars in medical costs and lost productivity.

The report also shows Alabama ranks as one of the highest in the country for the % of smokers, with one in four adults lighting up. It also highlights that 19% of high school students are also smoking before they graduate.
To read the full report CLICK HERE.

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