Clean Air KC
Tobacco use, including cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco, are major public health burdens that needlessly shorten thousands of lives each year, while severely increasing fiscal strains on the American health care system. Kansas and Missouri together see nearly 14,000 deaths each year from smoking and nearly 2,000 more deaths from second-hand smoke. Tobacco-related health care expenses for Kansans and Missourians top $3 billion annually - including $700 million in Medicaid expenses each year.
While these negative effects of tobacco are well documented, perhaps the chemical nature of cigarettes is more sobering. The average cigarette contains a poisonous mix of over 7,000 chemicals - hundreds of which are toxic and about 70 can cause cancer. At the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, we’ve been proud to fund projects aimed at tobacco prevention and cessation, as well as efforts to reduce smoking in public places.