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Yes, I use tobacco, and I want to quit.

Quitting can be hard. You may have already tried to quit before. But you can double your chances of quitting for good by reaching out to QuitlineNC or for help from a Quit Coach. QuitlineNC is free of charge and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 1-800-Quit-Now or 1-800-784-8669. Or sign-up online.

Did you know that your campus health service may offer classes or counseling on ways to quit?

Campus healthcare providers can sometimes provide free or reduced-cost nicotine replacement therapies to help you in quitting.

Yes, I use tobacco, but I don’t smoke all the time.

Did you know social (intermittent) smokers or vapers use tobacco regularly but not daily? They only smoke or vape when they go out with friends. They think, "I will smoke or vape in social situations and quit later."

Truth is, there is really no safe amount of tobacco. Social use of tobacco often leads to regular use and nicotine addiction.

You don’t have to be a heavy or long-time tobacco user to get a tobacco-related disease.

Yes, sometimes people smoke around me.

If people smoke around you, you are being exposed to secondhand smoke. Breathing secondhand tobacco smoke rapidly increases inflammation of the lining of the blood vessels, which can cause heart attacks and stroke. Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and compounds. Hundreds are toxic and more than 70 cause cancer. Tobacco smoke itself is known to cause cancer in humans.

What can I do to protect myself and my friends?

  • Make your home and car smoke-free zones. No one should ever smoke inside your home or car.
  • Protect your health and the health of your friends -- avoid places where smoking is allowed.

FACT: There is hardly a part of the human body that's not affected by the chemicals in tobacco smoke.

The bottom line: choose not to smoke and do not allow anyone to smoke around you.

NCDHHS, Division of Public Health
North Carolina Public Health