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US Presidents and Tobacco Use

Posted on February 18, 2014
by Wendy Stackhouse
Presidents smoking
Photo from nytimes

This Presidents’ Week, we checked on the statistics: the US Presidents and tobacco use. Tobacco, especially in the form of cigarettes, cigars and pipes, is a huge air quality issue, not only to the smokers themselves, but their families, friends, and employers. How did the Presidents do?

US Presidential tobacco use chart

Tobacco is a tough addiction to kick, any way you use it. But it is worth the attempt. Not only do you put yourself at risk for lung and other cancers, you put your family and friends at risk with secondhand and even thirdhand smoke.

We didn’t know the dangers of tobacco use fully until the 1970’s but today the dangers are clear. In fact, when considered an indoor air contaminant, tobacco smoke becomes an even bigger issue, with recent studies linking air pollution to not only lung cancer, but also cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The top 4 noncommunicable diseases which kill humans? Cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases.

As we make our way through National Indoor Air Quality Month, if you are a tobacco user, consider making this important–though difficult–change to your own indoor air quality: Quit smoking.

We may not give gifts on Presidents’ Day, but you can give yourself and your family the gift of clean air and a healthy indoor environment.

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