Nov. 18, 2021. Reno/Sparks, NV – The Washoe County Health District is celebrating the Great American Smokeout as a way for smokers and vapers to pledge to go smoke-free, even if it’s just for one day.

While smoking rates have declined, 15.2% of Washoe County adults continue to smoke on a regular basis and at a higher rate than the rest of the nation (14%).

The Washoe County Health District encourages tobacco users to take up the one-day challenge that can lead to a long-term plan to quit tobacco for good. The Health District’s GetHealthyWashoe.com website has cessation resources to help tobacco users quit using tobacco, as well as information about e-cigarettes and avoiding secondhand smoke. Nevada offers residents a great quitline resource, and anyone that calls 1-800-QUIT-NOW can speak with a professional, licensed counselor for confidential assistance in both English and Spanish.

“While everyone has a different reason for quitting tobacco –loved ones, health, or saving money – most people need a little assistance in their journey to becoming a non-smoker,” District Health Officer Kevin Dick said. “Help is available, free of charge. We encourage everyone to take advantage of free resources in our community that have been proven effective in helping individuals quit using tobacco.”

Quitting tobacco is one of the most important things you can do for your health. The use of tobacco products, including vapes, is associated with acquiring many chronic diseases including:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes and more

Smoking and vaping may also increase chances of getting sick because bringing your hand to your mouth repeatedly can help viruses and bacteria enter the body. Smoking also damages the lungs and weakens the immune system, making a person more likely to become seriously ill and require hospitalization if they get COVID-19. Quitting tobacco is not the easiest thing to do, but there is support.

The Nevada Tobacco Users’ Helpline

The Nevada Tobacco Users’ Helpline is a free resource for those that smoke cigarettes, use chewing tobacco, or use e-cigarettes. Anyone that calls 1-800-QUIT-NOW can speak with a professional, licensed counselor for confidential assistance in both English and Spanish. More information can be located at www.NevadaTobaccoQuitline.com

Baby and Me – Tobacco Free

Baby and Me – Tobacco Free is a program offered by the Washoe County Health District specifically to help pregnant women and their partners quit smoking and stay quit after the baby is born. Quitting smoking improves the short and long-term health outcomes for both the baby and mom. Those interested in the program should call 775-328-2480.

More information about quitting tobacco use can be found at our website under Be Tobacco Free.

The Washoe County Health District is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board and has jurisdiction over all public health matters in Reno, Sparks, and Washoe County through the policy-making Washoe County District Board of Health. The District consists of five divisions: Administrative Health Services, Air Quality Management, Community and Clinical Health Services, Environmental Health Services and Epidemiology & Public Health Preparedness. More info can be found here.