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Tobacco, alcohol and health series:

Health impacts of tobacco use in Ohio

Advancing evidence-informed policies to reduce tobacco use is one of the most powerful things public and private leaders can do to improve health across Ohio communities. If proven tobacco prevention strategies are bolstered, Ohioans can live longer and healthier lives. This brief explains:

  • How tobacco and nicotine affect health and healthcare spending
  • Recent trends in tobacco use in Ohio
  • Trends and disparities in tobacco use
  • What works to reduce tobacco-related harms

3 Key findings for policymakers

  • Reducing tobacco use and nicotine dependence is a powerful way to improve health, advance health equity and reduce healthcare spending.
  • Systemic barriers to health, including poverty, discrimination and targeted marketing of tobacco products, drive trends and disparities in tobacco use.
  • Public and private partners can implement proven strategies to protect communities from the harms of tobacco use and keep young people from becoming addicted to nicotine.

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Hailey Akah, JD, MA

Amy Bush Stevens, MSW, MPH

Stephen Listisen, MPA

Jacob Santiago, MSW

Published On

December 3, 2021

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  1. 3 Key findings for policymakers
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