South Central Public Health District offers a variety of Tobacco Cessation programs. The
programs are 4 to 8 sessions long, FREE of charge, and offered several times a year in various
communities. There are programs specifically designed for pregnant women, adults, and teens. For
more information call 737-5968, or email the Coordinator.
Our Adult Smoking Cessation Program is designed to help smokers gain control over their behavior. The clinic format encourages participants to work on the process and problems of quitting, individually and as part of a group.
N.O.T. is a five-week program targeting youth from 9th through 12th grade. NOT classes help youth build skills and knowledge to help reduce and end tobacco addiction. Participants learn skills to communicate more effectively, handle stress, make decisions, set short and long-term goals, eat healthy, and realize the importance of physical activity.
Idaho Prenatal Smoking Cessation program is targeted for pregnant women enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program . This program is designed to provide tobacco cessation services to women throughout their pregnancies during their WIC appointments.
Smoking may cause cancer, heart disease, stroke, and lung diseases (including emphysema,
bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction). An estimated 90% of all deaths from chronic
obstructive lung disease may be caused by smoking. On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than
nonsmokers. Each day, about 1,000 people younger than 18 years of age begin smoking.
Smoking is associated with the following adverse health effects:
Low birth weight
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
Postmenopausal women who smoke have lower bone density
Women who smoke have an increased risk of hip fracture
Smokeless Tobacco (also known as "spit" or "chew") contains 28 cancer-causing agents. It also
increases the risk of developing cancer of the oral
cavity. Smokeless tobacco is also associated with leukoplakia, which is a precancerous lesion of the soft tissue in the mouth that consists of a white patch or plaque that cannot be scraped off. It may also cause recession of the gums, gum disease, and tooth decay. Smokeless tobacco use by men causes reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm cells.
Idaho QuitLine is a free telephone counseling service designed to help smokers quit. This confidential service connects tobacco users with trained counselors who guide and support them through the process of becoming tobacco-free.
1-800-Quit-Now (784-8669) counselors are available:
Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. MST
Friday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. MST
Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. MST
Idaho QuitNow is a free internet service that can help you quit smoking. It
offers expert advice on quitting, online support from other smokers who are trying to quit, and
information about medications that may make quitting easier. Idaho QuitNow is available 24 hours a
- Adult, Youth, and Prenatal Cessation Classes
- Health Effects
- Project Filter
- Smoking During Pregnancy
- Smoking Facts
- Tips from Former Smokers
- 10 Reasons to Quit Smoking printable bookmark
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- The Truth Campaign
- American Lung Association
- American Cancer Society
- Youth Tobacco Prevention