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Health District Hoping To Kick Some Butts For Great American Smoke Out

Southern Nevada Health District Offering Tools To Help People Quit

November 13, 2018 - 2:15 pm

LAS VEGAS (KXNT) - Kicking the habit is not easy. It can be so difficult for people, that there are even prescription pills to help smokers stop.

On Thursday, Nov. 15 many smokers will pledge to go smoke-free, even if it’s just for one day. The Great American Smokeout has provided an opportunity for smokers to commit to leading healthier lives for more than 40 years, and the Southern Nevada Health District has cessation resources, tools, and information to support them in their journey. The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for smokers to kick the habit for at least one day with the hope that it could lead to a permanent change. The Health District encourages tobacco users to take up the one-day challenge that can lead to a long-term plan to quit for good. The Health District’s website has cessation resources as well as information about tobacco products, smoke-free living, and smoke-free meeting spaces. 

Nationally, cigarette smoking rates have declined significantly since 1965 when it was 42 percent to less than 14 percent in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In Clark County, 15.6 percent of adults smoke cigarettes. The CDC estimates that if the smoking rate among youth continues, approximately 5.6 million Americans under the age of 18 today will die early from a smoking-related illness. Use of alternative tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, continues to increase among young people with an estimated 13 percent of Clark County high school students reporting that they used e-cigarettes in a 30-day period in 2017. According to the CDC, scientists are still learning about the long-term health effects of e-cigarettes. The e-cigarette aerosol that users breathe from the device and exhale can contain harmful substances.

State residents can contact the Nevada Tobacco Quitline 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) from a Nevada area code to access a free, phone-based service for anyone age 13 or older. Callers will speak with a ‘coach’ who can offer to quit assistance in any language. The Quitline is available Monday – Sunday, 4 a.m. – 10 p.m. (PT). Through the Quitline program, people may be eligible to receive a free supply of nicotine replacement patches, gum, or lozenges. Coaches will determine eligibility to receive the free therapy. In addition, Quitline coaches can provide information about dealing with stress and fighting cravings, as well as coping with weight gain and other issues that occur when people attempt to quit smoking.