KANSAS CITY – While reconstructive plastic surgery and cosmetic plastic surgery are growing in popularity each year in the United States, there is one risk factor that puts Missourians in a high-risk category: tobacco use. Missouri has the ninth-highest smoking rate in the nation.
Not only is smoking linked to lung cancer, heart disease, premature birth and stroke, it is linked to impaired wound healing after surgery, says Dr. Brad Storm a board-certified plastic surgeon at Premier Plastic Surgery of Kansas City. PPSKC clients are educated about the dangers of smoking, and smokers are given information about local smoking cessation programs.
According to a 2014 Gallup Poll, one in four (25.2%) adults in Missouri smoke. Nearly 10,000 Missourians die annually from tobacco-related illnesses, and more than 1,100 additional deaths are caused by exposure to secondhand smoke, states the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
In 2013, the average national smoking rate was 19.7% of the population – down from 21.1% in 2008. According to the Gallup Poll, cigarette use is lowest in Utah (12.2%), California (15%) and Minnesota (15.8%) and highest in Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky. One-third of the adults in Kentucky and West Virginia smoke. [Read more…]