Smoking and Tobacco
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?
Missouri’s comprehensive tobacco control initiatives include efforts to create community smoke free 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).
By July 30, 2018, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) required all HUD residences and common areas to be protected by a smoke-free policy. The policy must include:
- Cigarettes and cigars cannot be smoked in buildings on HUD properties, including offices, residences, and common areas, or within 25 feet of any buildings on HUD property.
- Although electronic cigarettes are not required to be included in the policy, management of public housing authorities may also prohibit the use of these products in their facilities.
For those that manage public housing authorities, please review the following toolkit for information and resources to assist with the implementation and enforcement of the policy.