Be Tobacco Free
- Nearly 400,000 people in the United States die each year from smoking attributable illness, resulting in 5.6 million years of potential life lost and $97.6 billion in lost productivity
- Unfortunately, common use of tobacco by most Oklahomans leads to unhealthy use and nicotine addiction. In Oklahoma, more than $2 billion, or $600 per person, is spent each year for smoking-related medical care and lost productivity.
- Such a burden stunts business growth in Oklahoma and prevents us from reaching our fullest economic potential at home and across the nation.
- Heart disease and lung cancer caused from smoking results in the premature death of thousands of Oklahomans dying prematurely each year.
- Smoking is also a major contributor to Oklahoma’s high rates of stroke, bladder cancer and emphysema.
- Smoking causes more death and disability than any other preventable risk factor and kills more Oklahomans each year than alcohol, auto accidents, AIDS, suicides, murders and illegal drug use combined.
- Call the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline at (800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669).
- The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is designed to assist Oklahomans who have a desire to quit.
- Get your own Quit Coach to help you quit.
- Collect the information you need to be successful as you quit.
- The helpline's hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.
Last Modified on 02/16/2011