New Mexico Department of Health encourages smokers to quit with annual event

SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) — If you want to kick the habit of smoking or vaping, a New Mexico department is participating in a health-focused event. The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) will help those who want to quit smoking.

Thursday, November 17 marks the American Cancer Society’s annual Great American Smoke Out.

“Nicotine is a highly addictive chemical compound in tobacco plants, and it’s nicotine that drives people to use tobacco products, even when they want to quit,” said the Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Health. Health, David R. Scrase, MD, “Our programs are American. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration and have been shown to help people successfully quit nicotine use.

NMDOH officials said that in 2020, data showed that 16.1% of New Mexico adults are cigarette smokers, but the number of people using vaping products has increased. A campaign to create tobacco-free environments for children said one in three New Mexico high school kids vape.

The NMDOH will provide free services to those who wish to quit any type of nicotine product, including coaching, nicotine patches, etc.

More information about the event can be found on the NMDOH website.

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