The mission of the Snohomish Health District’s Tobacco Prevention program is to provide education and technical assistance to businesses, policy makers, and other entities to advocate for tobacco-free, smokefree 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 related to:
- College campuses
- Farmers Markets
- Other workplaces
Tobacco Use in the United States
- Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the U.S.
- Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, with more than 41,000 of these deaths due to exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. About 1 of every 5 deaths is tobacco related.
- Smoking causes more deaths than all of these combined:
- Illegal drug use
- Alcohol use
- Motor vehicle injuries
- Firearm-related incidents
- No matter how long you have smoked - 5, 10 or 20 years or longer - quitting will help you live a longer and healthier life.
Help to quit smoking
Do you live in Washington State? Are you looking for a new way to quit? There's an app for that! Visit the Department of Health's SmartQuit page to get free access to the quit tobacco app.
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.”
Benefits of quitting tobacco over time:
- 20 minutes after quitting - your heart rate and blood pressure drop
- 12 hours after quitting - the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal
- 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting - circulation improves and lung function increases
- 1 - 9 months after quitting - coughing and shortness of breath decrease
- 1 year after quitting - excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of someone who continues to smoke
- 5 years after quitting - the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder are cut in half; cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker
- 10 years after quitting - the risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of someone who continues to smoke
- 15 years after quitting - the risk of coronary heart disease is that of somone who does not smoke
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 mothers smoke during pregnancy or who are exposed to secondhand smoke after birth are more likely to die of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome)
- 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