Tobacco remains the main cause of preventable disease and death in Washington state, killing about 7,600 people every year, more than AIDS, alcohol, drugs, murders, suicides, car crashes, and fires, combined.
While adult smoking has declined by 30 percent, from 22.4 percent in 1999 to 14.9 percent in 2010, about 760,000 Washingtonians still smoke. In addition, some racial and ethnic groups, and people with less education and income, use tobacco at much higher rates.
So far youth smoking has dropped by 50 percent, but 70,000 of our youth still smoke. In fact, 50 kids start smoking every day. And now many of them are using other types of tobacco, such as cigars, smokeless products, chew, snuff, pipes and flavored cigarettes (bidis).
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