Shoes at Kastman Park symbolize tobacco related deaths in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/16/09

Shoes at Kastman Park symbolize tobacco related deaths in Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A local tobacco prevention coalition is trying to show Lubbock just how harmful tobacco really is as they get ready for the American Cancer Society's "Great American Smoke-Out" on Thursday.

1,200 pairs of shoes were lined up at Kastman Park to symbolize the 1,200 people who die each year in the U.S. because of tobacco use.

Leah Johnson, the Tobacco Coalition Coordinator says, "West Texas has the highest rate of head and neck cancer in the state and that can be attributed to the smokeless tobacco use and even smoking."

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S., killing almost 450,000 a year, and 5 million die worldwide annually.

Coming up on NewsChannel 11 at 6, we hear from a local woman on how tobacco has devastated her family.

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