For Immediate Release
November 17, 2014; 3:15 pm
DPHSS Release No. 2014-073
Fifty years ago, the U.S. Surgeon General released the first report on smoking and health. Since then, there have been an estimated 20 million deaths in the United States due to smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke—more than the population of the state of New York.
On island, 1 in 4 adults and 1 in 5 high school youth are smokers (2013 BRFSS & YRBS). We lose on average one Guamanian a day or around 4,550 deaths due to tobacco related illnesses since 2000 – which is more than the population of the village of Barrigada (2010 Guam Census Village Population).
To illustrate the human toll of smoking, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) has launched an online memorial using the hashtag #20million. This memorial honors those people—spouses, mothers, fathers, children, sisters, brothers, friends—who have lost their lives due to a smoking-related illness.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health invites you to share a memorial—a message and/or a photo—of someone you know who has lost their life to a smoking-related disease. By posting your memorial on social media with the hashtag #20million, your submission will become a part of CDC’s #20Million Memorial. Please also visit the Guam Non-communicable Disease (NCD) Consortium’s facebook page at LiveHealthyGuam.
If you are ready to quit smoking or using tobacco, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.quitnow.net/guam. It’s FREE and open 24/7. For more information please contact the Department of Public Health and Social Service’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Program at 735-7334 / 7303 or email@example.com.