Ohio launches anti-tobacco campaign targeting veterans

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The Ohio Department of Health has launched an anti-tobacco campaign aimed at getting veterans to put out their cigarettes for good.

Mandy Burkett, chief of the Health Department’s Tobacco Program, says they must curtail tobacco use among groups who are affected the most in order to curb tobacco use throughout the state.

Cleveland.com reports smoking rates among veterans are much higher than the rest of the state’s population. Statistics show the smoking rate among veterans 45 to 54 years old is more than 50 percent higher than that of the average population.

The department is using billboards, digital ads on Google and Facebook and bicycle mini-boards to push the anti-smoking message in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dayton and Toledo.

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