quitting tabacco

tabacco use is the most common preventable cause of death


An estimated 42.1 million or 18.1% of all adults in the United States smoke cigarettes
cigarette is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. more than 480,000 deaths each year.
More than 16 million Americans suffer from a disease caused by smoking.

Sex Cigarette Smoking Rate

Men 21.6%

Women 16.5%

Age Cigarette Smoking Rate

18-24 years 18.9%

25–44 years 22.1%

45–64 years 21.4%

65 years and older 7.9%

American Indian/Alaska Natives (Non-Hispanic) 31.5%

Asians (Non-Hispanic) 9.9%

Blacks (Non-Hispanic) 19.4%

Hispanics 12.9%

Whites (Non-Hispanic) 20.6%

Why should I quit?

tabacco is an addictive substance because it contains the chemical nicotine.
tabacco cause many diseases such as emphysema, lung cancer, and cardiovascular disease


Setting a quit smoking date and making a plan

  • Pick the date and mark it on your calendar.
  • Tell friends and family about your Quit Day.
  • Get rid of all the cigarettes and ashtrays in your home, car, and at work.
  • Stock up on oral substitutes – sugarless gum, carrot sticks, hard candy, cinnamon sticks, coffee stirrers, straws, and/or toothpicks.
  • Decide on a plan. Will you use NRT or other medicines?
  • Practice saying, “No thank you, I don’t smoke.”
  • Set up a support system. This could be a group program or a friend or family member who has successfully quit and is willing to help you. Ask family and friends who still smoke not to smoke around you, and not to leave cigarettes out where you can see them.
  • If you are using bupropion or varenicline, take your dose each day leading up to your Quit Day.
  • Think about your past attempts to quit. Try to figure out what worked and what didn’t.