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June 21, 2018

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New report shows tobacco still a deadly problem in Oneida County

Rhinelander, WI - A report released by the UW-Milwaukee Center for Urban Population Health provides new details on the number of Wisconsin lives taken by tobacco use -including right here in Oneida County. The report shows that an average of 78 residents died annually from tobacco use during 2011-2015.

The report also shows that 16.4 percent were current cigarette smokers between 2011-2015, and 22.7 percent of pregnant women smoked during pregnancy.

"Our smoking rate of 16.7 percent is slightly lower than the state rate of 17 percent, which tells us we're on the right track," Corie Zelazoski said. "However, tobacco still takes far too many Oneida County lives for us to stop now."

The Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition (NWTFC) is currently working on assessing the tobacco environment in retail stores, which includes looking at advertising, product promotions, discounts, product placement, etc. By assessing the retail establishments, NWTFC will be able to better educate local and state leaders on the importance of tobacco prevention and control programming within our community. NWTFC also coordinates the Rhinelander FACT group, which is a youth lead group that focuses on educating peers on the dangers of tobacco use.

Those interested in learning more about the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition can visit oneidacountypublichealth.org/.

In addition to the local Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition, Wisconsin's First Breath program is available to help pregnant women quit tobacco use. For more information on First Breath, visit www.wwhf.org/first-breath/.

Tobacco users who are ready to quit can also call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT NOW for free help.

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