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Statement from Gretchen Leffler, Western New York Regional Vice President, American Cancer Society, regarding announcement from the Buffalo Bills that Ralph Wilson Stadium will go smoke-free

“This is a touchdown for fans," said Gretchen Leffler, Western New York Regional Vice President of the American Cancer Society. “Kudos to Russ Brandon, Ralph Wilson and the entire Buffalo Bills organization. The evidence is overwhelming, there simply is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke and American Cancer Society applauds this move.

Eliminating toxic second-hand smoke from public places continues to be a trend across New York State. Actions like this not only prevent exposure to a known cancer-causing agent, they help teach children that smoking isn’t a socially acceptable behavior anymore. The result is that policies, like the one the Bills have announced, can lead to fewer kids being lured into a life-long tobacco addiction. We couldn’t be prouder of our home team.”

Additional Facts:

Tobacco’s Impact on Health and Health Care Costs
Adult Smoking Rate, New York – 18% (2009 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey)
Number of Adult Smokers, New York – 2.6 million
Deaths caused by tobacco, New York 2006 – 25,400
New Yorkers alive with tobacco-caused illness – 570,000
Annual health care expenditures caused by tobacco, New York 2006 - $8.17 billion
Annual Medicaid expenditures caused by tobacco, New York 2006 - $5.4 billion
Annual tobacco-caused productivity losses from premature death, New York - $6.05 billion
Tobacco-caused health costs and productivity losses per pack of cigarettes sold - $21.91
Annual state and federal tax burden due to tobacco-caused expenditures - $900 per household


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