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Being Tobacco Free

Being tobacco-free means avoiding all tobacco products, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or “chew,” and secondhand smoke. When people avoid tobacco, they help prevent almost all chronic diseases. When they quit smoking, they also help prevent chronic diseases for those around them.


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The Surgeon General releases the 50th Anniversary Report on Smoking and Health in January 2014.  Click on the 50th Anniversary image for more information about the report.  For information about tobacco prevention efforts in Washoe County explore the tabs under Tobacco Free on the navigation bar on the left. 

Why is being tobacco-free important?

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the world. Tobacco use contributes to many unhealthy conditions and illnesses, including:

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Chronic lung diseases
  • Emphysema
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)

Breathing secondhand smoke also contributes to these conditions.

Avoiding tobacco use can help you look and feel better now and keep you healthy for the future. Quitting tobacco can help you:

  • Lower blood pressure and pulse
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve lung function
  • Increase energy and stamina
  • Improve sense of taste and smell
  • Have healthy skin and teeth
  • Have clean-smelling clothes, homes, and cars
  • Save money
  • Drastically reduce the risk of early death

Is Washoe County tobacco-free?

Most people in Washoe County do not use tobacco:

  • 17.4% of adults in Washoe County were current smokers in 2012 (BRFSS, 2012)
  • Over hald (58.2%) of the adults in Washoe County  have never smoked and only 10.5% smoke every day (BRFSS, 2012) 
  • The majority of high school students (81.7%) do not currently use tobacco products (Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2013)

Where can I learn more?



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