Quit Smoking

Want to kick the habit? We can help.

While Arizona’s smoking rates are at 14 percent – the lowest they have ever been – statistics still show that tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.

Facts to Help You Quit:

It’s no secret that smoking takes years off your life. It increases your risk for diseases, including cancer, heart disease and stroke. But here’s the good news. If you quit now, you can start to reverse the damage and save money.

Cigarettes cost from $1.50 to $7.50 a pack. It depends where you live and what kind you smoke. A pack-a-day smoker can pay more than $1,000 a year.

Use our smoking calculator to see how much smoking costs. Multiply the number of packs you smoke in a year times the cost per pack.

We know it’s not easy to change. If you want to quit smoking, start by telling your doctor. He or she can help you make a plan and give you the tools to be successful.

For more help getting started, check out the links below.

Here is a Checklist to help you quit tobacco.

Need more motivation? Here are some reasons to kick the habit.

  • Your breath will smell better.
  • Your teeth will get whiter.
  • Your fingers and fingernails won’t be yellow anymore.
  • Your food will taste better.
  • Your sense of smell will return to normal.
  • You won’t get as winded by everyday activities, like climbing stairs or doing light housework.
  • You’ll save money.
  • You’ll no longer be endangering the health of those around you.
  • You’ll set a better example for your children.

 Source: American Cancer Society

Once you put out your last cigarette, make sure it’s your last. Use these tips to help you quit.

  • Go places smoking is not allowed, like restaurants, libraries and malls.
  • If you link smoking with drinking certain drinks, avoid those drinks.
  • If you feel like you just need something in your hand, hold a pencil, coin or other item.
  • Some people miss the sensation of having something in their mouth. Consider a substitute like a toothpick, sugarless gum or sugar-free lollipop.
  • Remind yourself why you’re quitting. Post a picture of your kids at your office, for example. This will help you be ready for an incident that might make you want to smoke.
  • Take deep breaths and picture the clean air.
  • Think positive thoughts.
  • Give yourself little rewards to motivate yourself to keep going.

Here is a Checklist to help you quit tobacco.
American Cancer Society

If you want to quit smoking, talk to your doctor. Your doctor can help you make a plan to quit. Mercy Care even covers certain prescription drugs, like nicotine patches or gum, to help you stop smoking. You can also use these resources to help you quit:

Arizona Smokers’ Helpline
Get a personalized quit plan at no charge. You can see your quit plan online, 24 hours a day. Or you can call 1-800-55-66-222 to speak to an expert coach to develop a quit plan.

Freedom From Smoking® Online
This is the American Lung Association's online program. This program is available at no cost to you.

The National Cancer Institute developed Smokefree.gov. This site provides information at no cost and professional assistance to help support the needs of people trying to quit smoking.

Tobacco Free Arizona
Tobacco Free Arizona uses local and state-wide resources, groundbreaking methods, and models national best practices to create a tobacco free future for Arizonans.