The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that tobacco use and exposure is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Secondhand smoke impacts the health of users and nonusers alike. According to the 2006 Surgeon General’s report, there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.
The resources below can help to take steps towards living tobacco free. FDA-approved quit mechanisms include skin patches, nicotine gum, nicotine lozenges, and prescription cessation medicines (Nicotrol, Chantix, and Zyban). E-cigarettes and other vaping devices are not FDA-approved mechanisms for quitting. Always work with your health care provider to determine the best option for you.
Tobacco Free Resources in Anoka County
For Individuals and Families:
QUITPLAN offers free access to text, email, downloadable, and "starter kits" to help adult tobacco users quit. Quit coaches are available through the QUITPLAN Helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Youth Tobacco Resources
A list of resources for youth, parents, and schools for preventing tobacco and e-cigarette use, as well as youth-specific quitting/cessation resources.
Freedom From Smoking
Freedom From Smoking has helped hundreds of thousands of people quit smoking through online and in-person guides and support communities.
Tobacco Treatment Coverage through Minnesota Care and Medical Assistance
Information about what your health insurance covers for tobacco cessation.
Tobacco Treatment Specialists in Anoka County
Tobacco Treatment Specialists trained through the Mayo Clinic are professionals who are certified to provide evidence-based interventions and treatment for tobacco dependence.
Culturally Specific Resources:
National African American Tobacco Prevention Network
Various resources for individuals and communities, including the Pathways to Freedom documentary.
QUITLINE en Español: 1-855-335-3569
Todos los estados tienen líneas para dejar de fumar con asesores que están capacitados específicamente para ayudar a las personas que quieren dejar de fumar. Llame a este número para conectarse directamente a la línea para dejar de fumar en su estado. Las horas de operación y los servicios varían de un estado a otro.
Asian Smokers Quitline
Provides in-language, one-on-one phone counseling, free nicotine patches, and self-help materials.
Mandarin and Cantonese (Chinese) Quitline: 1-800-838-8917
Korean Quitline: 1-800-556-5564
Vietnamese Quitline: 1-800-778-8440
American Indian Quitline
Support to quit commercial tobacco while honoring sacred practices.
This Free Life (LGBT)
A campaign that works to prevent and reduce tobacco use and prevent setbacks among young adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).
Text message program, quit line, Stay Quit Coach app, and in-person counseling & medication at VA medical centers.
For Employers, Property Managers, and Community Agencies:
American Lung Association
The American Lung Association works with experts around the United States to develop resources for implementing smoke-free policies in workplaces, community agencies, and multi-unit housing properties. The American Lung Association also provides training for Freedom from Smoking facilitators, which can offer group classes at workplaces.
ClearWay Minnesota is a non-profit organization that works to improve the health of Minnesotans by reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.
Public Health Law Center
The Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law provides information about smoking regulations.
Smoke-Free Housing Directory
A resource for renters to search for smoke-free housing options across Minnesota, and for property managers to research the benefits of going smoke-free. Property managers who wish to be included on the smoke-free housing list can do so at this link.