Quitting Tobacco

Tobacco Facts

  • More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking.
  • Smoking is the LEADING cause of preventable death in the United States. 480,000 Americans die each each from tobacco related illness.
  • Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • $9 Billion was spent on advertising and promotion of cigarettes per year (That is $24 million a day).
  • Total economic cost of smoking in the United States is more than $300 billion EACH year.

Cessation Resources

Nebraska Tobacco Quitline

  • 1.800.Quit.Now (1.800.784.8669)
  • Quitnow.ne.gov
  • No Cost
  • Available 24/7
  • Personalized Quit Plan
  • Multilingual

Freedom From Smoking

  • Small Group Setting at CHI Health – St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center in Grand Island
  • Leading ccessation program for over 25 years
  • 7 week class with 8 sessions


Facts Provided from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Secondhand Smoke

  • There is no risk-free level of secondhand smoke exposure
  • Since 1964, approximately 2,500,000 nonsmokers have died from health problems caused by exposure to secondhand smoke.
  • In adults, secondhand smoke causes heart disease, lung cancer, and stroke
  • In children, secondhand smoke causes ear infections, more frequent and severe asthma attacks, respiratory symptoms, respiratory infections, a greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome