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If at first you don’t succeed, dust the smoke off and try again

Health Promotion Coordinator Jamie Zorich
by Jamie Zorich11/21/2019 12:31 p.m.
Updated: 11/21/2019

Quitting tobacco isn’t easy. It takes time and a plan. Tobacco remains the world’s leading cause of preventable death. Cigarettes cause 1 in 5 deaths—this includes deaths from secondhand smoke. About 8,300 people die each year in Washington alone. Currently 13.5% of Washington adults smoke, causing 2.8 billon in health care costs. Quitting tobacco is one of the best things you can do for your health.

A calendar with the word "quit" stamped on it.Today we celebrate the Great American Smokeout—an annual event to encourage smokers to quit. It’s never too late. Take a step toward a healthier life and reduce your chances of getting cancer and other diseases.  Start your quit plan today with any of these 5 free resources:

1. Call a quit line. Work with a specially trained quit coach. You will get one-on-one support, identify barriers to quitting, learn to overcome urges, and create a quit plan. Call today!

  • Washington State Quitline: (800) QUIT-NOW
  • Asian Smokers’ Quitline:
    • Chinese: (800) 838-8917
    • Korean (800) 556-5564
    • Vietnamese (800) 778-8440

2. Try a quit app. Washington State Department of Health offers a free quit app for vaping, smoking and tobacco.

3. Talk to your healthcare provider. Most healthcare plans cover cessation resources to help you quit. You can get:

  • Counseling for 2 quit attempts per year. This can include individual, telephone and group sessions.
  • FDA approved medications. A 90-day prescription per quit attempt.

4. Join a support group. CHI Franciscan Health offers free Freedom from Tobacco weekly support groups in Gig Harbor, Tacoma and Lakewood. One hour a week can change your life.

5. Create a quit plan. You can develop a customized quit plan with tools from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You are more likely to succeed when you prepare to succeed. Build your quit plan today.

It may take several attempts to quit tobacco. The more your try, the more likely you are to quit. So, if at first you don’t succeed, revise your plan and try again. Learn more about how to quit tobacco on our cessation page.
Health Promotion Coordinator Jamie Zorich

by Jamie Zorich

Jamie helps tell our public health stories creatively with timely and relevant public health information.


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