Maine was formerly a pioneer in the nation on smoking termination and deterrence programs but it is sliding downhill and the pace at which high school students are smoking and using electronic cigarettes has now surpassed the national standard for the first time in 20 years.

In 2015, 11.5 percent of the high schoolers accepted that they smoke while another 17 percent said that they routinely utilize electronic cigarettes usually referred to as vaping. The situation goes further out of control in adults with nearly one of every five Mainers, or 19.8 percent of the total population says they smoke. The prominent smoking rates for adults in New England, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Governmentally 8 percent of high school students smoke while 15.3 percent of adults do. It is an expensive practice for Mainers who either embrace death due to smoking-affiliated ailment and disease or the disbursement of taxpayer dollars for the health care of the poor who utilize tobacco in excessive numbers.

Smoking is the biggest cause of cancer in Maine and deaths related to tobacco will terminate an approximately 2,400 people, more than six times the number who died from opioid drug overdoses in 2016. According to CDC data, Medicaid costs for smoking allied illness and disease value the state and federal governments $262 million in 2016.

Therefore a partnership of health approval teams encompassing the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society are vociferating Maine and all states to utilize the money productively each year from a federal tobacco lawsuit settlement fund for the beneficial cause, that is assisting people to relinquish smoking and intercepting youth from preventing this habit from its inception.