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DOH-Volusia - More Than Half the Deaths Among Tobacco-Users in Volusia County Are Tobacco Related; Great American Smoke Out Nov. 16

November 07, 2017

Volusia County, Fla. - In 2016, nearly half of the deaths of tobacco users in Volusia County were attributed to tobacco-related disease, according to a public health data brief released by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Volusia County. The majority of those tobacco-related deaths were caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer.

The data brief also analyzes tobacco-related deaths by geography and race. For example:

  • Tobacco-related death rates among white residents were higher than all groups.

  • Black residents demonstrated the steepest decline in tobacco-related deaths from 2012 through 2016.

  • Tobacco-related deaths among Hispanic residents increased significantly.

The full report is online at volusiahealth.com/stats.

The American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 16. On that day, DOH-Volusia encourages smokers to make a plan to quit or actually quit smoking in an effort toward a healthier life with reduced risk of tobacco-related cancer.

For free help to quit smoking, call 1-877-U-CAN-NOW or visit TobaccoFreeFlorida.com.

DOH-Volusia provides support and resources to organizations wanting to adopt stricter tobacco policies or offer tobacco cessation programs. For more information, please contact Kristen Mialki, tobacco program manager, at 386-274-0601 or .

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