Learn about progress made toward achieving the Healthy People 2020 Tobacco Leading Health Indicators. You’ll also hear how the Hawaii Tobacco Prevention and Education Program is implementing a comprehensive strategy to prevent youth from starting to use tobacco and to promote quitting among adults and youth.
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability, and death in the United States. Every day, more than 3,800 young people under age 18 smoke their first cigarette. Nearly half a million Americans die prematurely of smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 16 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking. Tobacco use in any form — even occasional smoking — causes serious diseases and health problems.
About Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators
The Leading Health Indicators represent a smaller set of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues and actions to help address them. LHIs are used to assess the health of the Nation, facilitate collaboration across sectors, and motivate action to improve the health of the U.S. population.