Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program
Why African Americans should be concerned about the health effects of smoking:
According to the CDC, 45,000 African Americans die each year from the effects of tobacco products. These were preventable deaths.
Tobacco users are more likely to have Lung Cancer, COPD, Diabetes, higher rates of Bronchitis along with higher incidence of colds and flu.
The risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice as high for African Americans than for whites, and African Americans are more likely to die following a stroke.
During 2011-12, seven out of every 10 African American children ages 3 to 11 in the U.S. were exposed to secondhand smoke regularly. Cigarette smoke is a trigger for Asthma attacks and ear infections in children.
Smoking causes Type 2 Diabetes and affects insulin dosing.
IBE's African American Coalition Against Tobacco also works closely with its chapter and its coalition partners to urge school systems, businesses, multi-housing units, clinics and organizations throughout the state to adopt smoke free policies.
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