Despite declines in cigarette usage since the mid-1960s, about one in four Iowa adults continue to smoke. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the state. Of the 28,000-29,000 deaths among Iowans each year, it's estimated that about one in six are caused by tobacco1.
Iowans who smoke experience elevated risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic lung disease, osteoporosis, physical disability and women who smoke risk giving birth to premature and low birth weight babies. Cigarette use imposes an annual economic burden of $1.28 billion in health care costs, including $364.5 million in state Medicaid program expenditures, and $1.21 billion in smoking-related lost productivity costs2.
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