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In Washington State there are almost 900,000 adult tobacco users. In 2012, 16% of Skagit County residents reported cigarette and tobacco use. Tobacco use costs Skagit County $29.5 million in healthcare and lost wages every year. Smoking increases your risk for many health conditions. For more information, click HERE.

CHOP recently received a grant to address the tobacco issue in the Northwest Region. CHOP staff will be creating variety of strategies to address youth tobacco use, specifically with high risk and underserved population. Strategies include:

  • Educating local policy makers and civic leaders on the importance of tobacco-free policies and environments;
  • Developing tobacco-free policies and environments on school and civic campuses;
  • Engaging youth leaders to help create new norms for tobacco-free events and places;
  • Communicating across the region to share best practices, successes, and challenges to amplify each other’s work.

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Secondhand Smoke

CDC graphicTobacco doesn’t affect just the user, it can cause harm to loved ones through secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke is a mixture of 2 forms of smoke that come from burning tobacco:

Sidestream smoke – smoke from the lighted end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar

Mainstream smoke – the smoke exhaled by a smoker

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Secondhand smoke is classified as a cancer-causing agent and has been linked to cancers of the lung, larynx (voice box), pharynx (throat), nasal sinuses, brain, bladder, rectum, stomach, and breast in adults. Some evidence suggests it may be linked to lymphoma, leukemia, and brain tumors in children.