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Tobacco Prevention

Tobacco Use and Effects

Tobacco use is the nation's number one cause of preventable death, killing more people every year than AIDS, alcohol, drugs, murders, suicides, car crashes, and fires, combined.

The harmful health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths or nearly 1 of every 5 deaths each year in the United States.

Health & Human Services and its partners are working to:
  • Identify & eliminate tobacco related disparities
  • Prevent Youth from beginning to use tobacco
  • Increase quitting among tobacco users
  • Eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke

For more information about tobacco use, smoke-free laws in Washington State or to register a tobacco complaint please visit

Want to quit using tobacco?

For free help with quitting tobacco use call the Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or visit

More than 50 million Americans smoke regularly, and 70 percent of those men, women, and children want to quit. Quitting is not easy, but studies show that tobacco users are two to three times more likely to quit successfully if they receive help, especially skills training, counseling, and medication, such as nicotine replacement patches and gum.

Helping people quit using tobacco is a major emphasis of the state program and involves a variety of activities. These include operating a free adult telephone quit line (800-QUIT-NOW) supported by a statewide media campaign and the Web site,, funding local quitting programs, working with insurers to include help with quitting their coverage, and training doctors and other healthcare providers to help their patients quit.

Other Resources:

Free program:

National Cancer Institute’s Smoking Quit Line: 

Nicotine Anonymous: 1-877-879-6422 or

Free app that helps people conquer urges and quit tobacco

Freedom From Smoking: is a step by step online quitting program for free from the American Lung Association

Chat online with a quit-coach:

NCI Tobacco Quit Line: 1-877-44U-QUIT open Monday-Friday 5am-5pm


Smoke Free Rental Housing: What Every Landlord Should Know

  • Higher Profit
  • Safer Housing
  • Happier Tenants
  • Health Communities

    Cowlitz County Smoke-Free Rental Housing Guide - A guide to no-smoking policies including tobacco and marijuana for property owners and landlords in Cowlitz County.


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