Information & Resources
QUIT BY PHONE OR WEB
QUIT BY APP
The average American adult spends 5.4 hours on their smart phone per day. So why not use some of that time to kick the habit? We recommend using the quitSTART app along with QuitNowNM.com.
QUIT YOUR WAY
QUIT BY TEXT
Looking to quit e-cigarettes? Text 'DITCHJUUL' to 88709. This quit service is designed specifically to serve teens and young adults. We recommend using it along with QuitNowNM.com.
WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH E-CIGARETTES?
First and foremost, e-cigarettes are NOT an FDA-approved cessation device for quitting tobacco. If you're looking for nicotine replacement therapy, you can get free nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges at 1-800-QUIT NOW or QuitNowNM.com.
The U.S. Surgeon General released a report in 2016 on the harms of e-cigarette use among youth and young people. If you are 25 years old or younger, you qualify as "young people." Don't think just because you are an adult you are safe. The human brain develops through age 25 and can be permanently altered with nicotine use. Check out the website for more info on e-cigarettes.
Did you know e-cigarette use is harmful not only to the user, but those in the surrounding area that are exposed to the secondhand aerosol? E-cigarettes contain nicotine, ultra fine particles, heavy metals, and volatile organic compounds.
CIGARS & CIGARILLOS
Cigars users significantly underestimate the health risks of cigars. And guess what? Young adults are the age group with the highest level of misperception about the negative health effects of cigars. Let's help set the record straight:
WARNING: Cigars contain nicotine. Nicotine is an addictive chemical.
WARNING: Cigar smoking can cause cancers of the mouth and throat, even if you do not inhale.
WARNING: Cigar smoking can cause lung cancer and heart disease.
WARNING: Cigars are not a safe alternative to cigarettes.
WARNING: Tobacco smoke increases the risk of lung cancer and heart disease, even in nonsmokers.
WARNING: Cigar use while pregnant can harm you and your baby.
CIGAR & CIGARETTE
Listen, we know you're intelligent people. You've heard by now that cigarettes are not good for you. In fact, they're cancer-causing and the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. But don't take it from us. See what the experts have to say below.
It all started in 1964 when then Surgeon General Luther Terry, MD released the nation's very first Surgeon General's Report on Tobacco. Since then there have been many updates with recent data. Here's a couple we think you should check out:
2012 Surgeon General's Report:
Preventing Tobacco Use among Youth and Young Adults
2014 Surgeon General's Report:
The Health Consequences of Smoking - 50 Years of Progress
If you'd like to read up on the facts for yourself, here are some more options:
Full list of US Surgeon General Tobacco Reports and Publications
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
NO SMOKE, NO PROBLEM, RIGHT?
For folks who think smokeless tobacco is a safe alternative to cigarettes because you're not inhaling smoke, think again. Smokless tobacco including chew, spit tobacco, snuff, snus, dipping tobacco, dissolvable tobacco are all major health risks. Smokeless tobacco can cause cancer including of the mouth, tongue, check, gums, esophagus, and pancreas.
Smokeless tobacco also causes leukoplakia, heart disease, high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack and stroke, increased risk of early delivery and stillbirth when used during pregnancy, stains teeth, and causes bad breath.