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Local group talks tobacco use

Tobacco Free Allen County held and event Monday updating the public on tobacco use here in the Fort Wayne area.

Posted: Jun. 18, 2018 10:21 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Tobacco Free Allen County held and event Monday updating the public on tobacco use here in the Fort Wayne area.

Health officials report that Indiana still has one of the highest rate of smokers in the nation.

Nancy Cripe with Tobacco Free Allen County says they hoped people walked away from today's event with more knowledge about tobacco use.

She also says the state isn't doing enough to help people stop smoking but hopes this conversation will help make a change.
"We still definitely have a tobacco problem," Cripe said. "People have kind of lost sight of that. We've been talking so much about the opioid epidemic we lose sight of how big of an epidemic tobacco use is. In fact, like 90 percent of opioid users are tobacco uses so the sort of go hand in hand and overlap as well. But we still have one in five smokers, one in five adults, sorry, who are smokers."

Cripe says another problem is the amount of advertising spent on tobacco products.

She says many ads are targeted at Allen County youth.

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