New Mexico DOH offers free smoking cessation services for NUPAC program during Great American Smokeout

New Mexico DOH offers free smoking cessation services for NUPAC program during Great American Smokeout
The New Mexico Department of Health offers free smoking cessation services for nicotine users nationwide in preparation for the Great American Smokeout®.

The New Mexico Department of Health's Nicotine Use Prevention and Control (NUPAC) program is offering free smoking cessation services for nicotine users across the country in preparation for the upcoming Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 17th.

The "Great American Smokeout®" initiated by the American Cancer Society is held on the third Thursday of November every year. The Department of Health (DOH) provides year-round assistance programs to quit smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, traditional cigarettes, or other tobacco products.

Nicotine is a highly addictive compound found in tobacco products, and it is the reason why people continue to use them even when they want to quit, according to Dr. David R. Scrase, Acting Secretary of the Department of Health. "Our program has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and has been proven to help people successfully quit smoking.

The latest data from 2020 shows that 16.1% of adults in New Mexico smoke, but the number of adults and teenagers using e-cigarettes is also on the rise. According to the latest data from the New Mexico Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, as of 2020, 5.6% of adult nicotine users now smoke. As reported by the "Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids," one third of high school students in New Mexico are currently smokers.

New Mexicans can call 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) in English or 1-855-DEJELO YA (1-855-335-3569) in Spanish for free counseling, nicotine patches, or gum. In addition, participants can receive unlimited training and support through text and phone with trained smoking cessation coaches.

Live Vape Free is a nationwide text-based program designed for teenagers aged 13 to 17 that provides one-on-one coaching, real-time text support, and interactive content to help them quit vaping. The program aims to assist teenagers in identifying the underlying reasons for quitting vaping.

Education is the key to preventing young people from smoking.

Increased the overall confidence of teenagers who want to quit smoking.

Encourage and motivate users to learn more about the long-term health effects by obtaining and maintaining their freedom to nicotine.

All adolescents can send text messages to receive smoking cessation assistance, while adults must register online on the website.

When launched in May 2022, New Mexico was the only one of the five states to simultaneously launch both the youth and adult portions of the program and currently only 16 states are utilizing the plan.

The New Mexico Department of Health is currently running a campaign called the "Mini Quit Smoking Challenge" to assist smokers in practicing quitting. Every first Monday of the month, there will be a mini challenge where participants can win a $100 Amazon gift card. To register, visit

The New Mexico State Health Department remains committed to reducing smoking, vaping, and other tobacco usage rates. For more information, members of the public and healthcare professionals can visit


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