Adult smoking in Washington has dropped by about a third since 2000. Still, tobacco remains a leading cause of preventable disease and death in our state. About 750,000 adults still smoke in Washington and tobacco related illness kills nearly 8,000 people here annually.
Tobacco use and secondhand smoke also cause billions of dollars in health care costs. Private and public costs for tobacco-related health care services totaled more than $1.9 billion in 2009. Lost worker time related to tobacco use cost around $1.8 billion.
This special nicotine patch and gum offer ends June 30, 2011, or when supplies are gone, so people who are ready to quit should call soon. More information about quitline services (www.quitline.com) is available online.