Tobacco is Wisconsin’s leading cause of preventable death and costs the state more than $4.5 billion annually in health care and lost productivity expenses. The Wisconsin Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) is dedicated to reducing tobacco’s burden. Here you will find information on the TPCP’s comprehensive efforts as well as fact sheets and quitting resources for tobacco users.
While tobacco affects us all, some populations feel the burden more than others.
Wisconsin residents who make less than $15,000 smoke at nearly twice the rate as the general population.
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What We Do
E-Cigarettes: Unproven and Unregulated
Electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) are oral devices that can be used to simulate smoking and that produce an aerosol of nicotine and/or other substances. Little is known about the safety or efficacy of e-cigarettes as they have not been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and are not currently regulated. For proven tools to help you quit tobacco use, visit our Help to Quit page.
Secondhand Smoke: Still a Problem
Secondhand smoke remains a health concern for many. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that two in every five children (and seven out of 10 African-American children) are exposed to secondhand smoke, as well as more than one in three nonsmokers who live in rental housing. To learn more about smoke-free multi-unit housing efforts in Wisconsin, visit www.wismokefreehousing.com.
Other Tobacco Products: Attracting New Users
Tobacco also comes in other forms like chew, snus, cigars and cigarillos. Even though these products can cause serious health problems like heart disease and cancer, their cheaper price and candy and fruit flavors like cherry and grape make them increasingly appealing to youth.
A movement to remove smokeless tobacco from baseball is gaining steam nationally. San Francisco, Boston, and Los Angeles all passed measures in 2015 prohibiting smokeless tobacco use at baseball fields and sports venues. These measures support findings from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that young athletes are more likely to use smokeless tobacco products than their peers. For more on efforts to take tobacco out of baseball, visit www.tobaccofreebaseball.org.
Visit the General Information and Data page for more research findings.
Wisconsin Youth Tobacco Use
- High School Smoking Rate: 10.7%
- High School Smokeless Tobacco Use Rate: 9.7%
- High School E-Cigarette Use Rate: 7.9%
- Middle School Smoking Rate: 1.6%
- Middle School Smokeless Tobacco Use Rate: 1.1%
Wisconsin Adult Tobacco Use
- Adult Smoking Rate: 18%
- Adult Smokeless Tobacco Use Rate: 4%
- Current Smoking Rates by Demographic Characteristics
- Pregnant Women: 14%
- Adults ever Diagnosed with Depression: 29%
- Income $15,000 - $24,999: 25%
Tobacco Costs in Wisconsin
- Annual Lives Lost: 7,356
- Annual Health Care Costs: $3 billion
- Annual Lost Productivity Costs: $1.6 billion