Chronic diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and respiratory diseases are the top three leading causes of death in DeKalb County.
Tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke are critical risk factors for chronic diseases, the leading cause of premature death and disability in the United States. Chronic diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases and respiratory diseases are the top three leading causes of death in DeKalb County.
While chronic diseases are the most common, they are the most preventable. Choosing not to smoke is one of the behavior change that can prevent chronic disease; particularly lung cancer. In DeKalb County, the incidence is highest among Black males (102 per 100,000) when compared to White males (63.4 per 100,000). While females had higher incidence of lung cancer (47 per 100,000) when compared to Black females(43 per 100,000).
The 2010 Surgeon General’s Report, How Tobacco Causes Disease describes how tobacco smoke damages the body. The report also express that there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke and why it is important to protect others from secondhand smoke, especially children.
Read more from the CDC's 2010 Surgeon General's Report.