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Tobacco and Nicotine Use Cessation

The American Nurses Association (ANA) has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to bring you facts and information on how to quit smoking and to stop tobacco use. World No Tobacco Day takes place on May 31. However, any day is a good day to stop using tobacco products.

As the largest group of health care professionals, nurses have tremendous potential to effectively implement smoking and nicotine cessation interventions and advance tobacco use reduction goals proposed by Healthy People 2020.

By leading healthier lives, nurses inspire patients to make healthier choices, including the cessation of smoking. As educators and health promoters, nurses facilitate conversations about the risks of smoking and the benefits of quitting that are both evidence-based and culturally sensitive and appropriate.

Below we have several pieces of information and tools that we hope will help you understand more on the importance of tobacco cessation, its benefits and tools and tips to help someone to quit smoking, and using tobacco and nicotine-based products.

ANA's Position Statement

Read ANA's position statement on the prevention and cessation of tobacco and other nicotine products.



Facts About Tobacco

CDC: Benefits of Quitting

  • Easier breathing
  • Ability to be more active
  • Fresher and healthier mouth
  • Clearer skin, better vision and hearing
  • Lower risk of respiratory issues and illnesses
  • Lower risk of lung cancer and lung disease
  • Lower risk of heart disease, stroke, and
  • Lower risk of emphysema and damage to the esophagus
  • Lower risk to those around you who breathe in your secondhand smoke
  • Lower risk of complications with pregnancy
  • Stronger immune system
  • Save money from not buying tobacco products

Help Your Patient to Quit


This information provided is in conjunction with the efforts of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).  

Related Resources

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  • Learn more about WHO’s World No Tobacco Day.
  • Learn more about COVID.
  • The American Nurses Association (ANA) has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the CDC: Tips From Former Smokers®  campaign. The Tips campaign profiles real people who are living with serious long-term health effects from smoking and secondhand smoke exposure. With a goal of building public awareness of the health implications related to smoking, the Tips campaign encourages smoking cessation and urges people who do not smoke to protect themselves from secondhand smoke exposure.
  • - The American Nurses Association / American Nurses Foundation promotes the mission of Tobacco Free Nurses to the nation’s registered nurses through its constituent associations, members, and organizational affiliates.
  • For more information, facts, state and community resources, visit CDC’s smoking & tobacco use website.
  • The CDC, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), state and local health departments and other partners worked together to investigate the national outbreak of e-cigarette/vaping product use-associated lung injury (EVALI). For more information from CDC: Outbreak of Lung Injury Associated with the Use of E-Cigarette, or Vaping products.
  • For support in quitting visit CDC’s Quit Smoking Resources page to access free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials and referrals to local resources, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).

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