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South Dakota Tobacco Use

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking is still the leading cause of preventable and premature death.

  • 1,300 SD adults die every year from smoking.
  • 21,000 SD kids under 18 alive today will die prematurely from smoking.

As cigarette use declines, the next generation of tobacco users are recruited with other products like e-cigarettes. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, e-cigarette use among youth has hit epidemic levels. Because most regular tobacco use starts during adolescence, these products put South Dakota youth at risk for a lifetime of nicotine addiction.

In addition to health consequences, South Dakota’s economy ​ also suffers:

  • Every year, South Dakota spends $373 million in healthcare costs and loses $282.5 million in productivity, directly caused by smoking.
  • Residents’ state and federal tax burdens from smoking-caused government expenditures equal $790 per household every year.
  • Medicaid costs caused by smoking in South Dakota equal $70.2 million every year.

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