Resources to Quit Nicotine:
Only for MWSU Students: The MWSU Counseling Center now offers Tobacco Cessation Services. You will be seen by a counselor and work with them to create a plan to quit. You will also be provided with nicotine replacement therapy (gum, patches, and/or lozenges) to help you to succeed. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Counseling Center at 816.271.4327 or email@example.com.
Per the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website on Tobacco Use Prevention and Control;
Tobacco use costs lives and money. Every year, almost 11,000 Missourians die from tobacco-related diseases. Missouri spends almost $3 billion annually to treat smoking-related illness. Additionally, Missouri spends over $3 billion annually in smoking-attributed productivity losses.
- The adult smoking rate (19.4% in 2018) is the Tenth highest in the U.S.
- The smoking rate for Missouri’s pregnant women has declined from 15.3%, more than double the national rate of 7.2%.
- The smoking rate among high school students (9.2% in 2017) is only slightly higher than the national average (8.8%). When considering other types of tobacco such as spit tobacco and electronic cigarettes in addition to smoking, the rate of use among Missouri kids jumps to 20.8%.
- Nearly 9 out of 10 cigarette smokers first try cigarette smoking by the age of 18 and 98% first try smoking by the age of 26.