Smoke-Free Living

Mission

The Snohomish Health District’s Tobacco Prevention program provides education and technical assistance to businesses, policy makers, and others to advocate for tobacco-free, smoke-free and vape-free policies. These policies protect the health of the community by limiting exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke whether the source is cigarettes, cigars, hookah, or secondhand aerosol from vaping.

The program promotes tobacco-free and vape-free policies for:

Tobacco Use in Washington State

Tobacco use is the largest preventable cause of death and disease in the state. It results in the deaths of around 8,300 Washingtonians every year. Nationwide, tobacco use results in the deaths of 480,000 Americans. Another 8.6 million are living with a serious illness related to smoking, causing them enormous financial and emotional hardship. 

Learn more about the types of diseases smoking causes or the state of tobacco use in Washington and our country by reading the surgeon general’s report on tobacco.

HELP WITH QUITTING TOBACCO

The Affordable Care Act (also known as Obama Care) requires all insurance policies to cover some form of cessation services. What exactly they cover may vary from policy to policy. To see if your policy is included by viewing the How the Affordable Care Act Affects Tobacco Use and Control (PDF).

You can quit
  1. Quit lines
  2. Apps
  3. Nicotine replacement
  4. Support

QUIT LINES

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for the tobacco quitline.

Washington State also offers a quit line with counselors in a variety of languages:

  • Chinese: 800-838-8917
  • English: 800-784-8669
  • Korean: 800-556-5564
  • Spanish: 877-266-3863
  • Vietnamese: 800-778-8440

BENEFITS OF QUITTING

When you quit smoking, the health benefits add up quickly.

  • Within 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure drop. 
  • The carbon monoxide level in your blood decreases within about 12 hours. 
  • Within weeks, circulation and lung function improve.

A decade after someone has quit smoking, the benefits are even greater. They will have:

  • Cut their risk of coronary heart disease and multiple types of cancer - including mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder - in half. 
  • They likely won't cough as much or have frequent shortness of breath.
  • Their lungs are better able to clean themselves and avoid infection.
Benefits of Quitting Smoking (PDF)