Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death worldwide. Approximately 6 million deaths related to tobacco use occur each year, including 600,000 from second-hand smoke. If current trends continue, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), by 2030, approximately 8 million persons will die each year from tobacco use.
Thursday, May 31 is World No Tobacco Day . The good news for Arizonans who want to quit tobacco is they are not alone. The Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine) is here to help. The ASHLine has one of the best success rates of all quitlines in the country – providing support on the telephone, online and through Smart Phones.
- Since 2007 the smoking prevalence in Arizona has dropped from 19.8% to 15%.
- Prior to 2007, the ASHLine helped roughly 3000 people each year give up tobacco.
- Since 2007, the ASHLine helps on average, 10,000 to 12,000 people each year. (In the last five years the ASHLine has helped more than 50,000 tobacco users with their quit attempts, both cigarettes and chew.)
The Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine) has been helping people quit tobacco since 1995. The statewide cessation program is located at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Free telephone and web-based quit services are provided to all Arizonans free of charge. For information, call 1-800-55-66-222 or visit www.ASHLine.org. ASHLine is funded by the state tax on tobacco products through the Bureau of Tobacco and Chronic Disease at the Arizona Department of Health Services.