WELCOME TO A SMOKE FREE PASO DEL NORTE
We're an initiative of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation. The PdNHF leverages and invests in initiatives, programs, and policies to promote health and prevent disease in the Paso del Norte region. Our region is composed of two countries (USA and Mexico), three states (Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua), five counties (El Paso, Hudspeth, Doña Ana, Otero, and Luna), and includes the Municipio de Cd. Juárez. A Smoke Free Paso del Norte was established in 1999, as one of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s first priority health areas with an end goal to eliminate smoking in the region.
Since its inception, our Quit Smoking El Paso initiative and its partners have reduced the prevalence of adult smoking in the region from 21.5% in 1996 to 13.3% in 2010. This effort and its success is recognized as the standard by leading state and national tobacco control organizations.
HOW CAN I QUIT?
Whether this is your first time or your tenth time quitting, A Smoke Free Paso Del Norte is here to help. Quitting isn’t easy but setting a "quit date," calling our Quit Line, and checking out some of the resources and tips on this website can put you on the right track to quitting for good.
Steps to Get Started:
Set a "quit date" by which you would like to stop smoking. It really helps to have a goal in mind.
Contact the Quit Line and get access to all of the resources that are available to you.
Be sure to avoid any places with lots of smoke. You don't need that temptation.
Download and read our helpful quitting guide. It has information to assist you in reaching your goal of not smoking.
THE DANGERS OF
A Smoke Free Paso del Norte uses a comprehensive and coordinated approach to eliminating tobacco use utilizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention best practices. These approaches include eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke, promoting and assisting tobacco users to quit, preventing the initiation of tobacco use, and identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities among population groups. The initiative also regularly monitors tobacco product use and sale in the community.
HELPING SOMEONE ELSE QUIT
If you’re looking to help a friend, loved one, or family member quit smoking, you can help. The American Lung Association offers these tips:
Tell your friend that you know he or she can quit smoking for good, even if he or she has tried to quit before.
For the first few days after the smoker quits, be ready to help. He or she may just want to talk, or your friend may want extra help when a tough situation arises, such as a party, or a crisis at home or work.
Offer to call or visit to check on them. Ask how your friend is feeling, not just whether or not they are still off cigarettes.
No nagging, scolding, or preaching—that just doesn't work. Instead, let your friend know how much you admire them for trying to quit.
OTHER RESOURCES TO QUIT SMOKING
The Texas Department of State Health Services offers a web-based program called Yes Quit. The program offers a Web Coach® that will provide you with access to a private, online community where you can complete activities, watch videos, track your progress, and join in discussions with others in the program.
FREEDOM FROM SMOKING
Since it was first introduced over 41 years ago, the American Lung Association's Freedom From Smoking® program has helped hundreds of thousands of Americans end their addiction to nicotine and begin new tobacco-free lives.
TOBACCO CONTROL NETWORK
The Paso del Norte Tobacco Control Network is a collaborative of key stakeholders working to end tobacco use in El Paso, Texas and its surrounding area. The PdN-TCN also informs the public about emerging issues and important facts relating to smoking and vaping in the Paso del Norte region.
Supporters of the Paso del Norte Tobacco Control Network:
Community Health Council
Are you interested in joining the Paso del Norte Tobacco Control Network? Click the button below to sign-up and help us reduce tobacco and vaping use in our area.