Smoking increases the risks that the smoker will suffer from cancer, chronic breathing problems, heart disease and strokes. Pregnant women who smoke run the risk of delivering premature or low-birth weight babies – which contributes to Ohio’s high rates of infant mortality.
More than 1 in 5 Ohioans smoke and tobacco-related diseases kill far more Ohioans every year than opioids — about 20,180 smoking attributable deaths versus 3,497 opioid overdose deaths in 2016.
This year 5,400 Ohio children will become new daily smokers, according to the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
In 2006, 58.5 percent of Ohio voters said yes to an indoor smoking ban law.