“Smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease and death worldwide. Smoking-related diseases claim more than 480,000 lives in the U.S. each year. Smoking costs the U.S. at least $289 billion each year, including at least $151 billion in lost productivity and $130 billion in direct healthcare expenditures. Smoking and the use of other tobacco products, including cigars and smokeless tobacco, causes or worsens numerous diseases and conditions. Combustible products also expose nearby people to toxic secondhand smoke, while e-cigarettes expose nearby people to secondhand e-cigarette emissions, which are also unsafe.”
– American Lung Association
The Pallottine Foundation of Huntington recognizes that many in our community struggle with tobacco addiction on a daily basis and while smoking rates have declined nationwide, tobacco-related deaths are preventable. Alarmingly, the use of e-cigarettes or vaping among young people has reached epidemic levels and will fuel continued dependence on tobacco products and, perhaps, other addictive substances.
Our Foundation supports programs and services that address such challenges in our communities including, but not limited to: