Decreasing Tobacco Use
What’s the story?
Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death and disease in New Jersey. Smoking increases the risk for chronic lung disease, coronary heart disease, and stroke, as well as cancer of the lungs, larynx, esophagus, mouth, and bladder. In addition, smoking contributes to cancer of the cervix, pancreas, and kidneys. Exposure to secondhand smoke increases the risk for heart disease and lung cancer among nonsmokers.
By the Numbers
In New Jersey, 17.3% (1,183,000) of adults (aged 18+ years) are current cigarette smokers. New Jersey ranks third among all states for the prevalence of cigarette smoking among adults. Among the youth aged 12 to 18 years, 14.3% smoke in New Jersey.
A major goal of the DOH is to decrease deaths, sickness and disability among New Jersey residents who use tobacco or are exposed to environmental tobacco smoke. The DOH Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program and its partners implement comprehensive programs to prevent the initiation of tobacco use among young people, to help tobacco users quit, to eliminate nonsmokers' exposure to secondhand smoke, and to reduce tobacco-related disparities. These programs include free quitting services, school- and community-based prevention programs and education regarding the New Jersey Smoke-Free Air Act.
The DOH also provides support to a system of perinatal addiction services. Available risk reduction services include referral for treatment and education as well as a Mom's Quit line which is a free smoking cessation support program for pregnant women, and mothers, families and caregivers of young children who need help trying to quit.
Did you know?
According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from 2012, New Jersey's adult smoking rate is lower than the national rate of 19.6%. In 2012, New Jersey's adult smoking rate was 17.3%.
Smoking claims nearly 440,000 lives each year.
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* Rate per 100,000 population
† Only one year of data currently available