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Quit Now!

Because You Matter

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Most African Americans who smoke want to quit, but are less successful than White Americans who smoke because:

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    Most Black smokers prefer menthol cigarettes, which are harder to quit than non-menthol tobacco products.
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    There are fewer quitting resources created for us.
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    Research on how nicotine addiction specifically affects those of African descent is unclear.
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    We are less likely to use cessation treatment services
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    Nicotine dependency is higher amongst African Americans who smoke.
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    Within 20 minutes of quitting: Your blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal, and the temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal.
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    Within 8 hours of quitting: Your blood carbon monoxide levels drop, and your blood oxygen levels increase to normal.
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    Within 24 hours of quitting: Your risk of a sudden heart attack goes down.
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    Within 48 hours of quitting: Your nerve endings begin to regrow. Your senses of smell and taste begin to return to normal.
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    Within 2 weeks to 3 months of quitting: Your circulation improves. Walking becomes easier. Your lungs work better. Wounds heal more quickly.
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    Within 1 to 9 months of quitting: You have more energy. Smoking-related symptoms, such as coughing, nasal congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath improve. You will have fewer illnesses, colds, and asthma attacks. Your stamina during everyday activities will increase.
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    Within 1 year of quitting: Your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of someone still using tobacco.
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    Within 5 years of quitting: Your risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder cancers is reduced by half.
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    Within 10 years of quitting: Your risk of dying from lung cancer is about one-half that of a person who still smokes.
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Health Benefits of Quitting

Some health benefits begin almost immediately. Every week, month, and year without tobacco further improves your health.

10 Reasons to Quit

Quitting has many benefits, including repairing the body and improving life quality. With successfully quitting:

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Your breath, clothes, and hair will smell better.
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Your sense of smell will return. Food will taste better.
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Your fingers and fingernails will slowly appear less yellow.
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Your stained teeth may slowly become whiter.
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Your children will be healthier and less likely to start smoking.
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It will be easier and cheaper to find an apartment or hotel room.
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You may have an easier time getting a job.
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Friends may be more willing to be in your car or home.
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It may be easier to find a date. Many people do not smoke and do not like to be around people who smoke.
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You will save money. If you smoke a pack a day, you spend about $2,000 a year on cigarettes.
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Making the Decision to Quit

Quitting tobacco is difficult, especially if you do it alone. The Nevada Tobacco Quitline is here to support you in your quitting journey.

Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition


The Nevada Tobacco Quitline is a FREE phone-based service available to Nevada residents 13 years or older.

The program provides confidential one-on-one coaching sessions and nicotine replacement therapy such as patches, gum, or lozenges for those who qualify.
Specialized programs are available for pregnant and postpartum women, commercial tobacco users, and individuals with chronic disease.

The expert coaches will help you develop a quit plan and overcome common barriers, including:

  • Dealing with stress.
  • Fighting cravings.
  • Coping with irritability.
  • Controlling weight gain.

Coaching and quit medications combined give you the best chance of quitting. All the coaches are caring, understanding, and will use strategies to fit your needs and lifestyle.

If you need FREE help quitting smoking or vaping, call the Nevada Tobacco Quitline at 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669) or text QUITNOW to 333888. The Nevada Tobacco Quitline offers FREE services in multiple languages and is open 7 days a week, 4 a.m. – 10 p.m. PST. The Nevada Tobacco Quitline is available to help you quit cigarettes or any tobacco product, including vapor products. Web support is provided through www.NevadaTobaccoQuitline.com.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).