Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults. Every year, millions of people make the pledge to quit tobacco during the Great American Smokeout, and it can be the first step to successfully quit tobacco for good. The Great American Smokeout is today (Thursday. November 21st).

Why should you quit?

Possible Health Consequences Other consequences
  • Increased risk of many types of cancer
  • More frequent colds and bronchitis
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk of stroke and heart disease
  • Complications with pregnancy
  • Worsening of existing health conditions
  • Delayed healing after illness, surgery, or injury
  • Possibility of changing the way your body reacts to certain medications
  • Bad breath and lingering smell of smoke
  • Discolored teeth and fingernails
  • Financial burden
  • Premature wrinkling of the skin
  • Hassle of using tobacco in public
  • Not always socially accepted
  • Giving children the message that it is okay to use tobacco
  • Shortness of breath when taking part in daily activities

RESOURCES TO HELP YOU QUIT

  • Colorado QuitLine. The Colorado QuitLine is a service which offers free coaching and up to eight weeks of free nicotine patches or gum for callers 18 and older. Call the Colorado QuitLine at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or register at coquitline.org.
  • CO Quit Mobile - a text message-based program that gives the user instant support and coaching when and where they need it through a cell phone. Register at coquitmobile.com.
  • Tobacco-Free Coalition of Weld Countytobaccofreeweld.com or call 970-304-6470, ext. 2386.
  • Tobacco-Free Larimer County - tobaccofreelarimer.org or call 970-498-6718