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You have a million reasons to quit smoking now.

You may have tried to quit smoking. Give it another try! It’s never too late to quit.

If you are one of the 100,000 Pierce County residents who smoke, you will immediately improve your health when you stop. You may know:

  • 480,000 people die from tobacco use every year in the U.S.
  • Smoking accounts for 20% of U.S. deaths.
  • Smoking is the top preventable cause of death in the world.

You know smoking is not healthy. But quitting is hard. It takes a smoker an average of 6 times trying to quit before they succeed.

Thursday, Nov. 16 is the Great American Smokeout—an annual event to help you quit. It’s a great day to remember it’s never too late to take a step toward a healthier lifestyle. Today is your day to quit.

And we’re here to help.

Who smokes?

Lots of different people smoke. But recent studies show smoking may affect some of our most vulnerable neighbors more than others. People who experience inequities, including those at lower socioeconomic levels, smoke more heavily than others.

About 35% of smokers in the U.S. have behavioral health conditions. And people with those conditions are also 2-3 times more likely to have nicotine dependency than the general population. They are also less likely to engage in treatment for tobacco dependence.

No matter who you are, or how long you’ve smoked, it’s never too late to stop.

How to quit.

When you quit smoking, it benefits more than your health. Food tastes better. Your sense of smell improves. You can be indoors without worrying about the next time you step out for a smoke.

You are twice as likely to quit for good when you use resources and seek professional help. Call the Washington State Quitline at (800)-QUIT-NOW (784-8669). Talk to a cessation treatment specialist today and make a quit plan.

You can also get advice from health experts, join support groups, or find free apps that can help you quit.

If you’re ready to quit smoking or vaping, we want to help! Learn about what living smoke free can do for you at

Want to learn more about quitting or helping others quit? Be sure to check out free or low-cost resources available for you.