How to Quit
How to quit commercial tobacco and vape:
1. Remember your ancestors.
Our ancestors used traditional tobacco for ceremonial prayer. There is nothing traditional or sacred about using commercial tobacco or vape.
2. Remember the children.
There is NO safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke or vape aerosol. Using these products around family puts them at risk. In fact, liquid nicotine (e-liquid) can be absorbed through the skin and just 1 teaspoon can be lethal to a child or pet if ingested.
3. Remember who wants to keep you addicted
The commercial tobacco and vape industries spend millions of dollars in South Dakota to market their products. Now, vape manufacturers want us to trade one nicotine addiction for another. Vape products like JUUL contain high levels of nicotine. These industries continue addicting our people and harming our way of life. They aren’t just taking our money, they are taking our lives.
4. Get help & use medicine. Most of us can’t
do it alone.
Talk to someone. Family, friends, doctors, QuitLine coaches – they are all there to help you… all you have to do is ask. You can also get 2-weeks free medication (patch, gum, or lozenges) delivered directly to your door to kickstart your quit attempt.
5. Help someone else.
Share your stories, share your strategies, and stand together.
6. If you fall, get back up and keep fighting.
When you’re addicted, it’s hard to avoid tobacco when you are stressed, upset, or just need to relax. Setbacks happen, don’t let them stop you from fighting back.
7. If you smoke, don’t switch to chew or vape.
Chew and vape can be more addictive than cigarettes because they can hold more nicotine. One can of chew contains 80 cigarettes worth of nicotine. One JUUL pod contains 20 cigarettes worth of nicotine.
8. If you chew, don’t switch to smoking.
Smoking kills more people than alcohol, car crashes, AIDS, illegal drugs, murders, and suicide combined.
9. Learn the risks of using vape.
Vape aerosol contains harmful toxins, chemicals, and heavy metals. Plus, vaping could make your nicotine addiction worse. JUUL delivers nicotine 3 times faster than other vape devices, making it easier to get addicted. Vape may be less harmful than cigarettes when used by adults who are trying to quit smoking. But, just because they’re less harmful than cigarettes, it doesn’t mean they are safe.
10. Call the QuitLine.
Trained coaches are waiting to help you, and people who use a Quit Coach are 2 times as likely to quit commercial tobacco and vape for good.
Let’s show Big Tobacco and vape manufacturers that their products have no place in our communities.