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Tobacco use cessation counseling

Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body. Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.

Secondhand smoke exposure contributes to deaths among nonsmoking adults and deaths in infants. Secondhand smoke causes stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk for sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, middle ear disease, more severe asthma, respiratory symptoms, and slowed lung growth.

Who is at risk

  • Pre-teens and teens who have an older sibling or parent that smokes.
  • People that use e-cigarettes (vape).

What you can do

Don’t start using tobacco products.

Understand the types of tobacco products and that none of them are “safe”.

  • Cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Smokeless tobacco
  • Little cigars and cigarillos
  • Hookah
  • E-Cigarettes
  • Roll-Your-Own

Preventive service at no cost

Adults who are not pregnant

The USPSTF recommends that clinicians ask all adults about tobacco use, advise them to stop using tobacco, and provide behavioral interventions and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–approved pharmacotherapy for cessation to adults who use tobacco.

Pregnant women

The USPSTF recommends that clinicians ask all pregnant women about tobacco use, advise them to stop using tobacco, and provide behavioral interventions for cessation to pregnant women who use tobacco.

School-Aged Children and Adolescents

The USPSTF recommends that primary care clinicians provide interventions, including education or brief counseling, to prevent initiation of tobacco use among school-aged children and adolescents.


Why the service is important

Soon after you quit, your circulation begins to improve, and your blood pressure starts to return to normal. Your sense of smell and taste return, and it's easier for you to breathe. In the long term, giving up tobacco can help you live longer. Your risk of getting cancer decreases with each year you stay smoke-free.

What the service is

Your doctor will ask you about your tobacco use. If you use tobacco, he or she may help you devise a quit plan and prescribe medications.

Create My Quit Plan

Smoking Cessation Medications

FDA-Approved Products Can Help

Additional tips

You may gain weight.

Weight Gain and Quitting

Resources