Smoking and Tobacco
Start the New Year Tobacco-Free
Help Available for Smokers Trying to Quit
Every January 1, people all over the world make New Year's resolutions. If you're one of the nearly 7 in 10 U.S. smokers who want to quit, why not make a resolution to get started? Smoking is still the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. Quitting now can cut your risk for diseases caused by smoking and leave you feeling stronger and healthier.
For those trying to quit, help is available right now by calling 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visiting https://www.quitnow.net/Missouri/.
The Missouri Tobacco Quitline is free to Missourians who want to quit smoking or using other tobacco products. The Quitline is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Both the toll-free number and the internet enrollment will register you to talk to a trained quit coach who will help you plan your quit. The coach can also suggest other resources to help, like nicotine replacement therapy.
As the start of a New Year approaches, isn't now the perfect time to quit smoking for you and those that matter most?
Smoking is the most preventable cause of disease, disability and death in Missouri. Nearly 10,000 Missourians die every year from tobacco-related illnesses, including lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. More than 1,100 additional deaths are caused by exposure to secondhand smoke every year.
Tobacco use also creates a significant economic burden in Missouri. Approximately $2 billion is spent every year in Missouri to treat smoking-related illnesses.
Although Missouri’s smoking rates are still high, there has been a significant decline in adult smoking from 2011 and 2012. Approximately twenty (20.6) percent of adults and eleven (11.0) percent of high school students in Missouri smoke. Smoking rates are also high among pregnant women in Missouri. Approximately one of every six pregnant women smokes, a rate significantly higher than the national average. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk for preterm delivery, stillbirth, low birth weight and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Missouri’s comprehensive tobacco control initiatives include efforts to create community smokefree air laws, youth tobacco use prevention, tobacco cessation assistance, and education and awareness through media.
Missouri offers free help to smokers who want to quit using tobacco. The Missouri Tobacco Quitline provides counseling, information, and referrals. The Quitline number is 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).