Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, death and disability in the United States and has also been identified as a risk factor for severe coronavirus related disease and death.
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Nancy Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the American Heart Association, talks about why the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more important than ever to protect the health and safety of our families and communities, starting with curbing tobacco use through policy changes like substantial tobacco tax increases.
Tobacco products are a leading cause of heart disease and stroke, and they are responsible for one of every four deaths from cardiovascular disease. Every year, more than 480,000 people die in the U.S. due to tobacco-related disease. Smoking costs the U.S. economy direct medical expenditures of nearly $170 billion. In this Op-ed in Governing, AHA CEO Nancy Brown shares more information on Why It’s Time for States to Raise Their Tobacco Taxes.
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