Letter to the Editor

Tobacco numbers don't lie

Thursday, May 7, 2015

To the editor:

Did you know that 1,200 Americans die each from tobacco-related causes? Fourteen Arkansans die each day from tobacco-related causes.

Did you know 64,000 Arkansas youth under the age of 18 will die prematurely from smoking? 24.2 percent of Arkansas male high school students use spit or smokeless tobacco.

Did you know that 4,500 Arkansas kids under the age of 18 will become new daily smokers each year? 177,000 Arkansas kids are exposed to second-hand smoke.

The number don't lie! Big tobacco does.

Joshua Brown
Arkansas Youth Leadership Initiative