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Did you know that in Wyoming:

-- 22.5% of high school students (6,700 kids) smoke?

-- 22.2% of male high school students use smokeless/spit tobacco?

-- 800 kids under 18 become new daily smokers each year?

-- 33,000 kids are exposed to secondhand smoke at home?

-- 700 Adults die each year from their own smoking?

-- 12,000 kids now under 18 and alive will ultimately die prematurely from smoking?

-- Somewhere between 40-130 adults die each year from exposure to second hand smoke?

-- Annual health care costs in Wyoming caused directly from smoking are $136 million?

-- And $37 million is covered through Medicaid?

-- The local resident's tax burden from smoking-caused government expenditures is $581 each household?

-- The tobacco industry spends a total of $27.4 million each year on advertising?

-- Children are twice as susceptible to tobacco advertisements as adults?

Spit Tobacco in Wyoming--

  • The rate of current adult spit tobacco users in Wyoming is nearly double the cumulative average of the other states tracking spit tobacco data through the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
  • For 1995 to 2003 Wyoming's average for students who have used spit tobacco within the last month was more than 2.7 times the U.S. average.