About 37 million U.S. adults have a disability, meaning that they have serious problems with walking or climbing stairs; hearing; seeing; or concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.
Adults with disabilities are more likely to smoke cigarettes than those without disabilities. About 15.1 % of U.S. adults were current cigarette smokers in 2014. Cigarette smoking was significantly higher among those who reported having any disability (21.5%) compared with those who reported having no disability (13.8%).
If you smoke, you are at increased risk for a smoking-related illness and death. Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
Studies show that giving people access to programs to help people quit can reduce rates of tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases and death.
The Southwestern Regional Tobacco Coalition is a multi-county effort created to address the diverse issue of tobacco use in the southwestern health district of Pennsylvania.