The Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition is comprised of collaborating partners from many sectors. Members include organizations and individuals that work in public health, health care, local and national nonprofits, community-based organizations, insurance payors, professional and medical associations, higher education, and government. NTPC members work together and pool resources toward the goal of ultimately eliminating commercial tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure as public health issue.
Over the last two decades Nevada has seen a consistent reduction in the number of adults who identify as current smokers, with rates declining from 30.3 percent in 1998 to just 15.7 percent in 2018. Often near the bottom in national health rankings, Nevada is now 23rd in the nation for adult smoking rates (50th is worst). Despite the achievement in reduction of adult tobacco use, Nevada’s lung cancer rate continues to exceed the national rate.
Employees are our businesses’ most valuable resource and 83.9% of Nevada casino workers report exposure to secondhand smoke in the workplace. People exposed to secondhand smoke at work have a 25 – 30% increased risk of developing heart disease. Heart disease is the number one killer of Nevadans and we rank 7th highest in the nation for heart disease.
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