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Missoula Healthy Kids Indicators - 2020


Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and disease in the United States.  Each year, approximately 443,000 Americans die from tobacco-related illnesses.  For every person who dies from tobacco use, 20 more people suffer with at least 1 serious tobacco-related illness.  In addition, tobacco use costs the U.S. $193 billion annually in direct medical expenses and lost productivity.  HP 2020

Tobacco use causes:

There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke causes heart disease and lung cancer in adults and a number of health problems in infants and children, including:

Smokeless tobacco causes a number of serious oral health problems, including cancer of the mouth and gums, periodontitis, and tooth loss.

Cigar use causes cancer of the larynx, mouth, esophagus, and lung.

HP 2020


The rate of adult tobacco use in the US has been slowly declining, from 25% in 1997 to 21% in 2005. The Health People 2020 Target for adult smoking is 12%.

Source: YRBS


Healthy People 2020 Target    
Percent of: Base Target
adolescents who smoke 19.5 16
adolescents who chew 8.9 6.9
adolescent cessation 58.5 64
children 3-11 exposed to 2nd hand smoke 82.2 74
children 12-17 exposed to 2nd hand smoke 78 70.2

The US Dept of Health and Human Services sponsors the Healthy People objectives,
 a science-based, 10-year national plan for improving the health of all Americans.

How are we doing

The percent of teens now smoking regularly in Missoula is slightly less than the state as a whole, but represents a significant new population addicted to tobacco.

  • The youth smoking rate in Montana has declined from 27% in 2000 to 15% in 2010.  The youth smoking rate in Missoula was 12% in 2010.
  • In 2010, the chew rate for youth in Montana was 11%.  Missoula's youth chew rate was 10%. Nationally, the youth chew rate is 6%.
      graph youth chew rates 2010


    For Additional Data and Information important for evaluating this topic, click here:

    • Adult tobacco use - US & MT
    • Smoking households
    • Risky behaviors associated with tobacco use



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