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Tobacco

Tobacco use kills more people every year than AIDS, alcohol, drugs, murders, suicides, car crashes, and fires combined. No matter how long you have smoked — 5, 10, or 20 years or even longer — quitting now will help you live a longer and healthier life. It's not easy, but we have resources to help you quit tobacco use.

The Snohomish Health District’s Tobacco Prevention program's mission is to provide education, resources, and policy to Snohomish County to improve the health of the community by limiting the use of tobacco as well as residents’ exposure to second-hand smoke. We:

  • Support tobacco-free housing, campuses and employers
  • Host monthly Liquor Control Board trainings for retailers who sell cigarettes to minors
  • Developother programs and policies to prevent youth tobacco use
  • Provide Smoking in Public Places law education and signage

Help to quit smoking

The Washington State Tobacco Quit Line is free and available to anyone who needs it. Most importantly, it works. 

You will receive individual support, including self-help materials and advice on creating a customized plan. You may even qualify for free nicotine patches or gum. To start living a healthier life, contact the Quit Line for help between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Counselors can help you in five languages:

  • English: 800.QUIT.NOW (800.784.8669)
  • Spanish: 877.2.NO.FUME (877.266.3863)
  • Chinese: 800.838.8917
  • Korean: 800.556.5564
  • Vietnamese: 800.778.8440

Quit For Life program

The American Cancer Society Quit For Life Program brought to you by the American Cancer Society and Alere Wellbeing is a phone-based coaching and Web-based learning support service to help people who smoke quit. Participants are matched with a quit coach, who helps them develop a personalized quit plan, provides guidance in choosing medicines, and gives ongoing follow-up support. This program has helped more than 1 million tobacco users make a plan to quit for good.

Freedom From Smoking

The American Lung Association Freedom From Smoking® group clinic includes eight sessions and features a step-by-step plan for quitting smoking. Each session is designed to help people who smoke gain control over their behavior. The clinic format encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting both individually and as part of a group. For an online version of our successful program, you can use Freedom From Smoking® Online and get started today.

Become an Ex

The Become an EX Plan is based on scientific research and practical advice from ex-smokers. It isn’t just about quitting smoking. It’s about “re-learning life without cigarettes” Snohomish Health District also has the Become an Ex booklet, call 425.339.5237 for a copy.

Tulalip Tribes program

Tulalip Tribes has a FREE Stop Smoking Kit, call 360.716.5719

Stop Smoking Tool Shop

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett has a four-week smoking cessation program called Stop Smoking Tool Shop that focuses on behavior modification and reducing triggers. Call for more information and to register 425.261.780.

Benefits of quitting tobacco use

More than 20 million Americans have died because of smoking since the first Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health was issued in 1964. In the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health, it notes: “All cigarettes are harmful, and any exposure to tobacco smoke can cause both immediate and long-term damage to the body. There is no safe level of exposure to tobacco smoke, and there is no safe cigarette. To reduce cancer risk, quitting smoking entirely is an important strategy that has been proven to work.”

Improve your health:

  • Today, lung cancer is the number-one cause of cancer death…nearly 9 out of 10 lung cancers are caused by smoking
  • Smoking also causes colorectal cancer, which is the second deadliest cancer after lung cancer
  • Nearly 8 out of 10 Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) deaths are a result of smoking, … there is no cure for COPD
  • Quitting decreases heart rate and improves blood pressure
  • Quitting reduces the risk of serious illness, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma and cardiovascular disease (CVD), CVD is the single largest cause of all deaths in the U.S. and smoking is the major cause of CVD
  • Smoking can cause type 2 diabetes and people who smoke are 30% to 40% more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than non-smokers
  • Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in people over age 65 and smoking is now known to cause AMD

Improve your lifestyle:

  • Feel stronger and have more energy
  • Enjoy food more when your sense of smell and taste return
  • Save money from not buying cigarettes
  • Decrease healthcare costs
  • Have whiter teeth
  • Delay developing wrinkles
  • Avoid erectile dysfunction (ED)…smoking is a cause of ED

Improve your family’s lifestyle:

  • Studies suggest that smoking affects hormone production which could make it more difficult to become pregnant
  • Babies whose mother smoke during pregnancy or who are exposed to secondhand smoke after birth are more likely to dies of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • Smoking during pregnancy can cause birth defects like cleft lips and/or cleft palates
  • In the U.S. 18 million males over age 20 suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED) and smoking is a cause of ED
  • 2.5 million nonsmoking Americans have died from secondhand smoke


Contact us

Tobacco Prevention

Phone
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425.339.5237
Fax
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425.339.8726

tobaccoquestions@snohd.org

Did you know?

Tobacco can be considered a childhood-onset disease. More than 90% of people who smoke started prior to age 18. 50% of all teens who smoke start by the age of 14, and 10% between the ages of 9 and 10.