May 31 is World No Tobacco Day, as promoted by the World Health Organization, and the Calhoun County Health Department is encouraging it as well.

The CCSD says in a release that in Michigan, tobacco use kills more than 16,200 residents each year, and remains the leading cause of preventable death in the state. Health Education with the CCSD Audra Brummell says...

During adolescence is when tobacco use is most likely to start and addiction is established. Due to this critical phase in life, evidence-based tobacco prevention programs are essential for positive development to instill healthy behaviors among our youth.

Around 8,100 Michigan youth become "new regular, daily smokers" annually, the health department says.

World No Tobacco Day has the theme of "Tobacco - a threat to development" for 2017, with the WHO saying that "the tobacco epidemic" imposes a harsh toll on national economies around the world.

The CCSD says that tobacco use cost Michigan nearly $4.6 million in healthcare costs in 2016. If you want to quit using tobacco, the CCSD recommends contacting your insurance company, or call the Michigan Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-784-8669.

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