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In North Dakota, 21.9 percent of adults smoke. In 2011, 53.1 percent of North Dakota’s adult smokers tried to quit. Medical claims and lost productivity costs due to smoking in North Dakota amount to $442 million per year. Medicaid costs due to smoking in North Dakota are $47 million per year, or $94.87 per capita.ᶟ
Cigarette smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, resulting in approximately 443,000 deaths annually. In North Dakota, 877 adults die prematurely each year from illnesses caused by smoking. That means two of our family members, friends and neighbors die every day in North Dakota from smoking.
NDQuits offers free help with quitting via telephone, online and mobile device options for any North Dakota resident. Services include:
- Telephone counseling
- Quit coaches
- Chatting with other tobacco quitters
- Free nicotine patches, nicotine gum or nicotine lozenges to qualified enrollees
In general, the older a person is, the less likely they are to smoke; the more education a person has completed, the less likely they are to smoke; and the greater a person’s income, the less likely they are to smoke.
NOTE: Due to changes in BRFSS survey sampling methodology (the addition of cell phone-only users and a new method of weighting data), North Dakota Department of Health Division of Tobacco Prevention and Control tobacco data collected prior to 2011 cannot be compared to data collected in 2011 and moving forward.