Tobacco use costs lives and money. Every year, almost 10,000 Missourians die from tobacco-related diseases. Missouri spends almost two billion dollars annually to treat smoking-related illness. Secondhand smoke causes an average of 1,150 deaths in Missouri annually.
the adult smoking rate (25% in 2011) is the ninth highest in the U.S. The smoking rate for Missouri’s pregnant women has declined from 18.3% in 2000 to 16.8% in 2009 but is still 64 percent higher than the national average. The smoking rate among high school students, at 18.1%, is also higher than the national average, although it is on a significant downward decline. More than 90.0% of adult smokers began the habit before they were 18 years old. However, when considering spit tobacco and other types of tobacco in addition to smoking, the rate of use among Missouri kids jumps to 27.3%.
Missouri Tobacco Quitline Information
The Missouri Tobacco Quitline is free to anyone in Missouri. Call or use the web to get help to quit smoking or chewing. Both the toll-free number and the web enroll will register you to talk to a trained quit coach. The quit coach will help you plan your quit. The coach can also suggest other resources to help, like nicotine replacement therapy.
The Quitline can help:
Get Connected to Better Health
1-800-TEL-LINK or 1-800-835-5465TEL-LINK is the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services toll-free information and referral line for maternal and child health care. The purpose of TEL-LINK is to confidentially provide information and referrals to Missouri residents concerning a wide range of health services offered by the state. The operators can immediately connect you with community services that are available for you and your family. TEL-LINK is answered weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT. Recorded messages are taken after 5 p.m. on weekdays and throughout the day and night on weekends and state holidays. Your call will be returned during normal business hours.