Tobacco use is the nation's number one cause of preventable death, killing more people every year than AIDS, alcohol, drugs, murders, suicides, car crashes, and fires, combined.
After only four years of implementation, the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and its statewide partners have successfully reduced the number of Washington kids smoking by about 65,000 (48 percent) and the number of adults smoking by 115,000 (12 percent). Here are the most recent statistics on tobacco use in Lewis County: 2007 Statistics or 2009 Statistics or 2010 Statistics. Click here to view our most recent county tobacco profile.
Lewis County Tobacco Prevention Program’s goals are too:
- Prevent youth from beginning to use tobacco.
- Provide Retailers with education.
- Help tobacco users quit. (see tobacco quit line information below)
The only tobacco cessation app proven effective in a clinical trial is the new SmartQuitTMApp. Recent studies from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center show this cessation program is three times more effective than trying to quit without a program. This quit-strategy teaches participants to accept and master cravings instead of traditional methods to ignore or replace them.
The attached flyer has information on SmartQuit to help you quit smoking. You may also download a free "Lite" version at your app store.
Visit Department of Health Smart Quit to complete a survey, download the app and use the unique code provided at the end of the survey to upgrade the "Lite" version to the full "Pro" version.
The Effects of Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand smoke is the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Each year 53,000 people in the United States die from secondhand smoke-related heart disease and cancers. Hundreds of thousands more develop pneumonia, bronchitis, colds, and asthma attacks because of secondhand smoke.
Tobacco Quit Line Information:
The quit line is free, available to anyone who needs it, and, most importantly, it works. Research shows that using quit line services improves the success of people trying to quit by almost 20 percent. The quit line's highly trained specialists provide each caller withindividual support, including advice on creating a customized quit plan and skills designed to break old habits.
Call the Tobacco Quit Line toll-free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669); 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569)(Spanish line); or (877) 777-6534 (hearing impaired).
Visit the Quit Line website: www.quitline.com