It's true, smoking rates have dropped dramatically. Even in just the past five years, smoking rates in the County have dropped from 20% in 2014 to 14% in 2019. In fact, many people can go days, weeks, or even months without being exposed to tobacco smoke. Even with all of the progress that's been made to end tobacco use through efforts like the Great American Smokeout (GASO), and all of the knowledge about short-term and long-term effects of smoking on the body including evidence that smoking can cause or contribute to any number of diseases and conditions including cancer, some people are still smoking. The good news is that smokers can and do quit. In fact, there are more former smokers than current smokers. Quitting smoking (and other tobacco products) is the best way to reduce the risk of developing tobacco-related diseases. Tobacco/nicotine dependence can be a chronic, relapsing condition that often requires repeated treatments. Combining quit counseling with one or more of the seven FDA-approved quit medications has been shown to maximize success in quitting for good. If you need help quitting smoking (or other tobacco use) there are a number of FREE resources available through QuitLineNC. To get access to free support, advice, and counseling from experienced quitline coaches, a personalized quit plan, practical information on how to quit, the latest information about stop-smoking medications, even free or discounted medications call 1-800- Quit- Now. To help a young person quit vaping, ask them to text DITCHJUUL to 88709. Here is more information on tobacco use in Mecklenburg County.
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