Oct 22, 2014 4:07 PM by News Staff
According to a new study, Butte County smokers are losing 6,881 years of potential life to tobacco use. Shasta County users are losing 6,201 years.
The study released by the University of California San Francisco examines data on smoking in every California County in 2009, analyzing the direct and indirect costs associated with smoking.
The study reveals more than 34,000 Californians died from smoking-related causes in 2009 and the habit cost the state $18 billion, with $9.8 billion of that going to health care costs.
Compared to California deaths in 2009 from other causes, the 34,363 total deaths from smoking were 17 times the number from AIDS; five times the deaths from diabetes, influenza and pneumonia; and three times the number of deaths from Alzheimer's disease and unintentional injuries.
In 2009 alone, smoking killed 403 Butte County residents and 366 Shasta County residents. Total costs of Smoking in Butte County, including health care and lost productivity, topped $181 million. The cost of smoking in Shasta County was more than $148 million.
Read the entire report here.