Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable
death in the state of Missouri.
Missouri spends $3.8 billion annually for direct
health care and Medicaid costs, and lost productivity due to smoking.
This equals $700 per year that every Missourian spends on smoking.
Missouri spends $1.7 billion for direct health
care costs due to smoking and $2.2 billion on lost productivity
Missouri's Medicaid expenditures due to smoking
exceeds $415 million per year.
Each year 10,300 Missourians die an average of
13.8 years prematurely from smoking related diseases.
Missouri has the third highest adult smoking rate
(27.2%) per capita in the nation.
Missouri’s smoking during pregnancy rate is 9th
highest, and 45% higher than the U.S.
Almost one in three (30.1%) middle school students
and one in four (25.7%) high school student smokers reported smoking
their first whole cigarette before the age of 13.
In Missouri almost one in three high school
students (30.3%) and one in six middle school students (14.9%) smoke.
139,484 Missouri youth are projected to die if the
smoking rate remains constant.
The cost to employers for workers who smoke is
considerable and includes work absences, health care claims, and
In Missouri, the percentage of low-birth-weight
babies (less than 2,500 gm) in 2002 was 12.3% among African American
infants and 6.6% among white infants.