Tobacco Prevention and Control

Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in the United States, causing more than 400,000 deaths each year and resulting in an annual cost of more than $96.7 billion in direct medical costs.

Currently, the smoking attributable cost for adults in Nevada, including annual health care costs ($565 million) and costs related to loss of productivity ($832 million), was estimated at approximately $1.4 billion. With the current smoking prevalence rate in Nevada of 21.5%, or an estimated 584,442 smokers in the state, the average cost per smoker was $2,395.45 per year.1

Each year, smoking kills more people than AIDS, alcohol, drug abuse, car crashes, murders, suicides, and fires—combined!

Nationally, smoking results in more than 5 million years of potential life lost each year.Approximately 80% of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18.
Approximately 80% of adult smokers started smoking before the age of 18. Every day, nearly 3,000 young people under the age of 18 become regular smokers.

More than 5 million children living today will die prematurely because of a decision they will make as adolescents—the decision to smoke cigarettes.

Apps and Mobile Services

NCI QuitPal is a free smartphone app to support smokers working to become smoke-free. This interactive app is developed using proven quit strategies and tools to help change behavior and assist you with giving up smoking.

The QuitGuide is a free application developed by MMG, Inc., for the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Written by tobacco control professionals and cessation counselors, with the help of ex-smokers and experts, this app is designed to help you prepare to quit smoking and support you in the days and weeks after you quit.

Many former dippers and chewers have shared advice on quitting that can help you. Smokeless Tobacco a Guide for Quitting is the result of advice from chewers and dippers who have canned the habit.