As many as 30 percent of deaths in the Hispanic/Latino community are the result of tobacco use. In North Carolina 18 percent of Hispanic adults smoke, but the story changes when you look at gender differences. According to the CDC, in 2008 21 percent of Hispanic men smoked, while only 11 percent of Hispanic women smoked.
Hispanic households in North Carolina are more likely than other households to be smoke-free, thus protecting children and other non-smokers from the health hazards of secondhand smoke.
As a Hispanic smoker, there are special materials available to help you quit.
QuitlineNC provides the coaching and support that can help you quit. They can send you materials in the mail and offer other tools to help you get started on your tobacco-free life. Quit Coaches who speak Spanish are available and all materials are also available in Spanish. Call 1-855-DEJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569).
Become An Ex has a complete online quitting program in Spanish! It will help you develop and quit plan and prepare and complete it entirely online, with a supportive online community, as well.
CDC's Consejos de Exfumadores
Heritage Month Toolkit
You can find many more facts and information, including downloadable PowerPoint presentations, posters and ads at this link The Heritage Month Toolkit.
Short Report: Tobacco and Hispanic Youth in N.C.
Here is the most recent report on Hispanic teens and tobacco use in N.C.