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Breaking the Habit

There’s never been a better time to quit smoking and vaping.

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of smokers in general.

There is a wealth of research to show that tobacco use makes people more susceptible to poor health outcomes. For example:

  • Smoking increases the risk for coronary heart disease by 2 to 4 times.
  • Smoking damages blood vessels which make your heartbeat faster and your blood pressure go up.
  • Smoking and vaping can decrease your body’s immune system.
  • Smoking can affect the health of your teeth and gums which can lead to tooth loss.

Break the habit today and start to live smoke-and-vape-free! For free help quitting, call the Nevada Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) from a Nevada area code

Reasons to Quit

  • More than 8 out of 10 Clark County residents do not smoke.
  • One out of every two smokers will die from smoking related diseases.
  • The average smoker spends over $2,000 each year on cigarettes.
  • Quitting reduces your risk of premature death by 50% within 5 years.
  • After 15 years, the risk is the same as if you’d never smoked at all.

Habits are Hard to Break

Trying to quit is difficult for two reasons:

1. Physical dependence on nicotine
Smoking triggers the release of dopamine in your brain, causing you to feel happy and calm. Your brain craves the chemical and requires more of it to achieve the same effect. This is the starting point of addiction.

2. Psychological dependence on routine
Emotional addiction involves the rituals and ingrained behaviors associated with smoking. When lighting up is no longer a conscious choice, the habit is very hard to break.

Develop a Plan

It’s important to identify and write down your smoking triggers and the strategies you’ll use to cope with them before you actually quit. Triggers may include:

  • Drinking alcohol or coffee
  • The “after dinner” cigarette
  • Talking on the phone
  • Driving
  • Study-breaks or socializing with other smokers
  • Stress
  • Negative or positive emotions
  • Waiting or boredom

3 Tips to Manage Your Triggers

1. Avoid the situation
Only go to non-smoking public places. Run errands during work breaks. Leave the room when others are smoking.

2. Change your smoking routine
Buy a brand you don’t like or put rubber bands around your pack to make you think twice before lighting up.

3. Substitute for the cigarette
Hold something in your hand in place of a cigarette. Chew gum or hard candy. Take a walk. Call a friend.

Beat the Odds

The most effective long-term approach to break nicotine addiction is to create an individual quit strategy with professional help. See the Cessation Resources listed below to find the help you need.

Within 20 Minutes of Quitting

Within 20 minutes of smoking your last cigarette, your body begins to repair itself. The healing process continues for years:

  • 20 minutes after quitting, your blood pressure drops and the temperature of your hands and feet returns to normal.
  • 8 hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • 24 hours after quitting, your chance of a heart attack decreases.
  • 2 to 3 months after quitting, your circulation improves and your lung function increases up to 30 percent.
  • 1 to 9 months after quitting, your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
  • 1 year after quitting, your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
  • 5 years after quitting, your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s.
  • 10 years after quitting, your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s. Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas also decreases.
  • 15 years after quitting, your risk of heart disease is that of a nonsmoker’s.

Related Links

Center for Disease Control and Prevention: How to Quit Smoking

Cessation Resources

Are you ready to quit smoking? Having a support system in place will help you on your path to becoming tobacco-free. Whether you prefer a group setting, online services, or to speak with someone over the phone, there’s a smoking cessation support program that’s right for you.

If you prefer quitting from the privacy of your own home...

Nevada Tobacco Quitline

The Nevada Tobacco Quitline is a free phone-based service available to Nevada residents 13 years or older. The program provides one-on-one coaching and nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, or lozenges) for qualified individuals. Coaches will determine if you’re eligible to receive the nicotine replacement therapy.

The Quitline is also available online. Sign up to receive free access to special tools, a supportive team of quit coaches, and a community of others trying to become tobacco-free. Expert coaches help you overcome common barriers such as dealing with stress, fighting cravings, coping with irritability, and controlling weight gain.

Call 1-800-QUIT NOW from a Nevada area code phone or (1-800-784-8669) to start your quit journey today.

Hours: 24/7




Finding help is quick and easy. Text QUITNOW to 333888.*

*Message and data rates may apply.

The National Texting Portal connects adults (18 years of age and older) in the United States with mobile text message-based support to help them quit smoking. The texting portal connects people to state resources or routes them to national text messaging services if text messaging services are not available in their state.  The text messaging services offer evidence-based support, including encouragement, advice and tips for becoming smokefree, and being healthier. The portal is available in English and in Spanish.



If you’re a teenager looking to quit…

American Lung Association – Not On Tobacco

Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) is the American Lung Association’s (ALA) voluntary program for teens who want to quit smoking. It is the most researched, most widely used, and most successful program of its kind in the United States.

N-O-T is effective, easy, and well-received by teens. Since 1999, more than 150,000 teens in 48 states have participated in the N-O-T program with a 21% quit rate. The program consists of 10 classes focused on group activities, discussions, journaling, and role-playing – either in school, or a community setting.

For more information on Not On Tobacco, or to schedule a class, contact the ALA at (702) 431-6333.

If you’re an adult and want the support of a group…

American Lung Association – Freedom From Smoking

Freedom From Smoking (FFS), the American Lung Association’s adult cessation program, guides individuals through the quitting process with eight sessions over a 7-week period.

Focusing on a variety of evidence-based cessation practices, the clinic is delivered in a small group setting (up to 16 people) to give participants personalized attention and the support of their peers. To meet the needs of different learning styles, instruction includes lectures, group discussion, and skills practice.

For more information on Freedom From Smoking, or to schedule a class, contact Will Rucker at Will.Rucker@lung.org.

American Lung Association
3552 W Cheyenne Ave., Ste. 130
North Las Vegas, NV 89032

American Lung Association of Nevada

If you’re looking to quit smoking with materials and resources in an Asian language…

Asian Smokers' Quitline

Funded by the CDC, the Asian Smokers’ Quitline is a nationwide Asian-language service operated by the Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego. The free Quitline offers self-help materials, referral to local cessation programs, one-on-one phone counseling, and a free two-week starter kit of nicotine patches.

Services are available in four languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, and Vietnamese. The Quitline also provides information to friends and family members of tobacco users.

Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin): 1-800-838-8917
Korean: 1-800-556-5564
Vietnamese: 1-800-778-8440

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8am–9pm (PST)

Voicemail and recorded messages are available 24 hours a day.

If you are a teen looking to quit...

My Life, My Quit

The My Life, My Quit program is a free and confidential service for teens who want help quitting all forms of tobacco including vaping. My Life, My Quit does not provide cessation medications to anyone under age 18. For more information please visit mylifemyquit.com or text “Start My Quit” to 36072.

Always 100% free and confidential.

  • Text your coach, click to chat, or call 855.891.9989 for support.
  • Get text messages that give you a boost while you quit.
  • Learn how to cope with stress in healthy ways.
  • Find out why your body craves nicotine.
  • Get tips and the support you need to quit for good.

If you are a Veteran looking to quit...

Quit VET

VA’s free telephone quitline, 1-855-QUIT-VET (1-855-784-8838), offers tobacco cessation counseling to any Veteran who receives their health care through VA. Quit VET is staffed by trained counselors who will help you during any phase of quitting—whether you are thinking about it, you started your quit attempt, or you are trying to get back on track after a slip or relapse to tobacco.




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