NH DHHS - Tobacco Report

The NH Department of Health and Human Services and NH Comprehensive Cancer

Collaboration Celebrate the Release of the 50th Anniversary Surgeon

General’s Report on Smoking and Health

Concord, NH – In celebration of the fifty year anniversary of the first

Surgeon General's Report (SGR) on smoking and health, the New Hampshire

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health

Services (DPHS) is offering free nicotine replacement therapy, in the form

of the patch, to New Hampshire residents who want to quit smoking or

chewing tobacco. DPHS and the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration will

also be partnering to extend the hard-hitting media campaign, Dear Me New

Hampshire, currently on the air and featuring real New Hampshire residents

who are trying to quit. The original 1964 SGR was the first to definitively

link smoking with lung cancer and heart disease. Since then we have learned

much about the effects of tobacco on people’s health.

“Across the U.S. and here in New Hampshire we have made great progress in

reducing smoking rates and therefore smoking-related illness and death, but

we still have a long way to go,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public

Health at DPHS. “Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, but quitting

has immediate and long-lasting effects. If you use tobacco, it’s not too

late to quit.”

Since 1964, smoking prevalence among U.S. adults has been reduced by half.

In New Hampshire, adult smoking prevalence is now 17.2% (NH 2012 BRFSS);

youth cigarette use has declined by over half and is currently at 13.8% (NH

2013 YRBS). Unfortunately, tobacco use remains the leading preventable

cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States and New

Hampshire. Today the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report: The Health

Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress was released. The report

highlights 50 years of progress in tobacco control and prevention, presents

new data on the health consequences of tobacco use, and details initiatives

that can end the tobacco use epidemic in the U.S.

For more information about the New Hampshire Division of Public Health

Services or the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program visit

www.dhhs.nh.gov . For information about the NH Comprehensive Cancer

Collaboration visit www.nhcancerplan.org . To request free nicotine

replacement patches and get confidential help quitting tobacco call