Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) announces the release of the NH Tobacco Databook. The Databook is the fourth compilation and review of current available data on tobacco use, health impacts, behaviors, knowledge and attitudes of New Hampshire residents.
“We have certainly made improvements in reducing the incidence of tobacco use in our State,” said DHHS Commissioner Nicholas Toumpas, “however we know there is much more that must be done to improve the health of all our residents. This report identifies the areas where we are doing well, and the areas where we must continue to work.”
Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of disability and death among New Hampshire residents and the Nation. Each year in New Hampshire, it’s estimated nearly 1800 people die from smoking related illness. According to this report youth tobacco use and smoking prevalence is no longer on the decline, and smoking rates in adults have reached a plateau as well. Other topics of note in this Databook are: a 70% increase in the use of chew tobacco by youth, the use of cigarettes by pregnant women and women of childbearing age and the stagnation of cessation rates.
“There are a number of ways in which the data from this report can help us understand the extent of tobacco use in New Hampshire,” stated DPHS Director Dr José Montero. “From providing clear evidence of the magnitude of this public health problem, to helping us monitor trends over time to evaluating prevention strategies. This documentation will be invaluable as we move forward with strategic planning.”
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