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NM Department of Health Offers Free Resources for Annual Great American Smokeout®

November 18, 2019 - Tobacco Cessation - Information

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day.

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) encourages tobacco users statewide to use its free Quitline services as they join thousands nationwide for the annual Great American Smokeout® Thursday, November 21st.

Created by the American Cancer Society, the annual Great American Smokeout® happens every year on the third Thursday of November. NMDOH provides the 1-800-QUIT NOW program that offers FREE help to quit any type of tobacco product, including vaping products.

In 2018, about 15.2% of adult New Mexicans were cigarette smokers, which is down from 17.5% in 2017, and an all-time low for the state.

“A successful quit attempt starts with the decision to try, but nicotine is highly addictive – and it’s never easy to try to quit rapidly and without help.” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “These tools and support offered by our program help New Mexicans take back control of their health.”

New Mexicans can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) for English, or 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569) for Spanish, to receive free coaching, nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges for registered participants.

There are also free web-based services at Quit Smoking Now and Dejelo Ya that offer additional online support. The cessation services offer 24-hour text message support. There is even TTY available for the deaf and hearing impaired at 1-877-777-6534.

The New Mexico Department of Health continues to work towards decreasing rates of smoking, vaping and other tobacco use. For more information both public and health care professionals can visit the Tobacco Use Prevention and Control program site.


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