In the 15 years since voters approved the Smoke Free AZ Act, Arizona has made significant progress in the battle to reduce smoking and improve public health in our state. When the measure passed in 2006, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 18.6 percent of Arizonans smoked. Today, that number is down to 13.1 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But there is more to do. As we approach the annual Great American Smoke Out on Thursday, Nov. 18, an estimated 840,000 Arizonans still smoke, and about 8,300 die on average each year from smoking-related causes. Even more suffer from the effects of secondhand smoke,

Quitting smoking is a marathon, not a sprint; and ADHS is here to help every step along the way.

Smokers trying to quit can call the Arizona Smokers’ HelpLine (ASHLine) at 800-55-66-222, where you can be matched with a Quit Coach to help on your journey. Open since 1995, the ASHLine operates Mondays through Saturdays and will always call you back within 24 hours.

Smokers who quit can see immediate improvements to their health. After just 12 hours, carbon monoxide levels return to normal and oxygen levels increase. After just two days, the harmful effects of nicotine disappear. After a year, your risk of a heart attack drops. The longer you go smoke-free, the more health benefits you’ll realize.

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