Tobacco
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  • Newton Center : 770.786.9086
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  • Preventive Health : 678.442.6880
  • CMS : 770.339.4270
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  • Rockdale Environmental : 770.278.7340

 

Tobacco

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of illness and death in Georgia.

Mortality

  • Over 10,000 adult Georgians die from smoking-related illnesses annually.
    • About 4,500 die from cancer
    • About 3,100 die from respiratory diseases
    • About 2,750 die from cardiovascular diseases
  • About 13 infants die every year because their mothers smoked during pregnancy.

Economic Costs

  • $3.2 billion in annual lost productivity costs are attributed to smoking among adults in Georgia.
  • $1.8 billion in annual healthcare costs are attributed to smoking among adults in Georgia

Tobacco Use in Georgia

  • Approximately 14,000 (4%) middle school students and 53,000 (13%) high school students in Georgia smoke cigarettes.
  • Approximately 34,000 (67%) high school smokers buy their cigarettes at gas stations or convenience stores.
  • Approximately 1.35 million (19%) adult Georgians smoke cigarettes.
  • The prevalence of current smoking among adults is significantly higher among younger age groups and those with fewer years of education.
  • Four percent (4%; 5,500) of pregnant women in Georgia smoked during the last three months of their pregnancy.

Tobacco Use in Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale Counties

  • 14% of adults in Gwinnett County are current smokers.
  • 16% of adults in Rockdale County are current smokers.
  • 17% of adults in Newton County are current smokers.

Secondhand Smoke and Asthma

  • Approximately 38,000 (13%) middle school students, 50,400 (14%) high school students, and 630,000 (8%) adults in Georgia have asthma.
  • Among persons with asthma, approximately 6,100 (7%) middle school students, 15,000 (15%) high school students, and 140,000 (23%) adults smoke cigarettes.

Benefits of quitting tobacco:

  • 12 hours after you quit, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • 2 weeks – 3 months after quitting, heart attack risk begins to drop and lung function begins to improve.
  • Within 9 months of quitting, you will cough less and breathe easier.
  • After 1 year of being tobacco free, your risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half.
  • Within 5 years of quitting, your risk of mouth, throat, and bladder cancer is cut in half.
  • 10 years of being tobacco free means your risk of dying from lung cancer drops in half.

Georgia Tobacco Quit Line:

The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line is a public health service funded by the Georgia Department of Public Health through the Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program (GTUPP).

The Georgia Tobacco Quit Line Coaches are highly trained tobacco cessation specialists. Counseling services are available at no-cost to Georgia adults, pregnant women and teens (ages 13 and older).

To help you or a loved one quit smoking, please call the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line:

1-877-270-STOP (English)

(1-877-270-7867)

1-877-2NO-FUME (Spanish)

(1-877-266-3863)

For hearing impaired:

TTY Services: 1-877-777-6534

www.dph.georgia.gov/ready-quit

 

For Healthcare Professionals:

Please visit the Ready to Quit webpage at www.dph.georgia.gov/ready-quit to access the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line Referral Form and information.

For free training on Asking, Advising and Referring, register for the Engaging Tobacco Users: Tips for Health Care Providers in Georgia online provider training at www.GAtobaccointervention.org.

Contact Us
  • District Office : 770.339.4260
  • Buford Center : 770.614.2401
  • Lawrenceville Center : 770.339.4283
  • Norcross Center : 770.638.5700
  • Lilburn WIC : 678.924.1546
  • Newton Center : 770.786.9086
  • Rockdale Center : 770.785.4345
  • Preventive Health : 678.442.6880
  • CMS : 770.339.4270
  • Gwinnett Environmental : 770.963.5132
  • Newton Environmental : 770.784.2121
  • Rockdale Environmental : 770.278.7340