Even though smoking rates in Yuma County are the lowest among all counties in Arizona, now is not the time to rest on our laurels in regard to helping people quit in Yuma County, nor anywhere else in our state.
An April report from the American Lung Association and Penn State says that in Arizona, the annual direct costs to the economy attributable to smoking were in excess of $5 billion, including workplace productivity losses of $1.2 billion, premature death losses of $1.9 billion and direct medical expenditures of $1.8 billion.
Whether or not you use tobacco, you are paying for it.
In Yuma there are more women smokers than men; the opposite ratio exists across the rest of the state. This should not be shrugged off and is of concern because we know tobacco use causes a host of diseases, like lung cancer, throat cancer and heart disease. read more…