NH DHHS - Tobacco Data Report

Department of Health and Human Services Release Tobacco Data Report for

National Stroke Awareness Day

Concord, NH – The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has

released a new report, Tobacco Use in New Hampshire: Prevalence, Health

Consequences, and Strategies to Reduce Use, 2015 Report, which presents

data and trends on tobacco use among youth and adults in New Hampshire over

the past 20 years. It also highlights mortality from smoking-related

diseases, evidence-based strategies for reducing tobacco use, and the

status of these strategies in New Hampshire.

The DHHS is releasing the report on October 28th, National Stroke Awareness

Day, to highlight the connection between smoking tobacco products and

stroke. A stroke is a sudden death of brain cells caused by blood clots or

bleeding. Smoking is one cause of dangerous plaque buildup inside of

arteries; plaque can rupture and cause clots and block arteries.

“About 10% of strokes are caused by smoking,” said Marcella Bobinsky,

Acting Director of Public Health at DHHS. “Even breathing secondhand smoke

can cause clots in non-smokers. However, two to five years after quitting

smoking, a person’s risk of a stroke could fall to about the same as a

nonsmoker’s. The Department supports every attempt to quit tobacco use and

offers assistance in the form of the NH Tobacco Helpline.”

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in both the United States and in

New Hampshire. It is also a leading cause of serious long-term disability.

In New Hampshire, 437 people died of stroke in 2013. There are things that

one can do to help lower their risk of having a stroke. These include:

eating a healthy diet that is low in fat and salt and high in fruits and

vegetables; maintaining a healthy weight; quitting tobacco and limiting

alcohol; and having one’s blood pressure and cholesterol checked.

It is important to know the warning signs of stroke and the need to call

911 if one thinks they or someone they know is having a stroke. Getting

immediate treatment can help prevent death and reduce disability. The

American Stroke Association uses the Acronym “F.A.S.T” to teach the stroke

warning signs in an easy way. Learn the F.A.S.T. acronym (FACE drooping,

ARM weakness, SPEECH difficulty, TIME to call 911), and share this

information with others you know. A free App for “F.A.S.T” is available for

download at the App Store or Google Play. If you are unsure if you or

someone else is having a stroke, you should ALWAYS call 911.

The tobacco report details the addiction cycle of nicotine, tobacco use’s

impact on public health, and strategies to prevent and reduce tobacco use

in New Hampshire. The report is available at:


For more information about heart disease and stroke, see the New Hampshire

Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Action Plan 2015-2020 at


DHHS currently offers free help quitting tobacco use through 1-800-QUIT-NOW


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