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Tobacco Prevention

Tobacco Prevention

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A leading cause of cancer is avoidable.
So let’s get Nevadans to avoid it.

Tobacco use is a leading cause of cancer and of death from cancer.
Let that sink in. The leading cause of cancer is almost entirely avoidable. People who use tobacco products or who are regularly subjected to secondhand smoke have an increased risk of cancer due to the chemicals in those products that damage DNA.

Tobacco use causes many types of cancer, including cancer of the lung, larynx (voice box), mouth, esophagus, throat, bladder, kidney, liver, stomach, pancreas, colon and rectum, and cervix, as well as acute myeloid leukemia. Those who use smokeless tobacco (snuff or chewing tobacco) have increased risks of cancers of the mouth, esophagus, and pancreas.

There is no safe level of tobacco use.
 

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Ready to quit? These resources can help.

Smoking cessation resources

The benefits of quitting smoking are immediate and long lasting whereas the risks of smoking can be sickness and death.

After Health Benefit
72 hours Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
1 month Skin appearance improves, owing to improved skin perfusion.
3-9 months Cough, wheezing, and breathing problems improve and lung function increases by up to 10%.
1 year Risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.
10 years Risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker.
15 years Risk of heart attack falls to the same level that it would be for someone who has never smoked.

When you are ready to quit smoking, there are resources available to support you.

Nevada Tobacco Quitline

The Nevada Tobacco Quitline provides free and confidential online and telephone-based counseling, in either English or Spanish, for Nevada residents who want to address their tobacco use. This treatment service is delivered by counselors who are trained to treat nicotine addiction for all forms of tobacco use. Services are offered for tobacco users 13 years or older, with specially tailored counseling for youth, American Indians, and pregnant or post-partum women.

Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or enroll online.

Hours of operation: 7 days a week; 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Pacific Time

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Smoke FreeWe all deserve to work, meet, and play smoke free.
Demand for smoke-free meeting spaces continues to grow throughout the state. The Southern Nevada Health District, Washoe County Health District, and community partners have responded by developing a Smoke-Free Meetings Directory. This directory serves as a one-stop shop for all information needed to book your next meeting or conference in a smoke-free location.


Numerous businesses and organizations have also signed on to the Smoke Free Meetings Policy Pledge, making the commitment to only host or sponsor events in smoke free locations. See who's adopted a policy.

Will your organization commit to a smoke free meetings and events policy? Download the commitment form today.

Submit Smoke Free Meeting Location

See which organizations have pledged to host or sponsor meetings only in smoke free locations.

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3700 N. Carson St.
Carson City
Luncheons and dinners, reservation recommended
6630 Arroyo Springs Street
Las Vegas
Cafe, vending machines, walk-ins are welcome, special needs friendly, wheelchair accessible.
217 Las Vegas Blvd. North
Las Vegas
Indoor and outdoor lounge seating, Space for live music
750 S. Rampart Blvd.
Las Vegas
240 Court St.
Reno
Projection screen available but must bring own A/V equipment; lot and on-street parking
4855 Summit Ridge Dr.
Reno
Depending on type of event, insurance may be required. Cost varies by type of event and number of guests.
3245 St. Rose Pkwy.
Henderson
500 sq ft to 2,000 sq ft of meeting space
10 Hospitality Way
Carson City
Up to 25 guest rooms can be reserved with meeting reservation

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We celebrate the many smoke-free indoor locations in Nevada, but there still are many outdoor public settings intended for use by children, such as parks and recreation areas, that permit smoking. We’re working in Washoe County to educate and inform about the risks associated with secondhand smoke, as well as the litter created by outdoor tobacco use, and to encourage adoption of smoke-free policies in outdoor settings frequented by families and children.

Exposure to secondhand smoke is most harmful to infants and young children as they are still developing. Exposure to secondhand smoke in children is known to increase the risk of health dangers including SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome), ear infections, acute respiratory symptoms and infections, and asthma.