Help offered for those wanting to quit tobacco use

Nevada Tobacco Users’ Helpline provides free counseling sessions

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The Nevada Indoor Clean Air act went into effect in 2006 prohibiting smoking in public places with the intent of helping protect children and adults from second hand smoke exposure. Recent federal legislation will significantly increase taxes on a pack of cigarettes beginning in April. While the tide of public opinion is moving toward a decline in tobacco use, it remains an addiction to the drug nicotine with serious health consequences.

The Nevada Tobacco Users' Helpline (800) QUIT-NOW or (800) 784-8669 is a free resource for state residents struggling with tobacco addiction. The helpline provides free counseling sessions and treatment services (if needed) to any Nevada resident 18 years or older who wants to quit their tobacco use.

Credentialed alcohol and drug counselors provide free confidential and integrative nicotine dependence treatment and counseling services, delivered over the telephone to assist individuals in stopping all forms of tobacco use (smoked and smokeless). A medication assistance program is also available for qualified callers as funding allows. The helpline provides 24-hour voicemail options to receive free brochures and/or services.

The Nevada Tobacco Users' Helpline was originally founded by Elizabeth Fildes Ed.D, in 1997 and operates under the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Funded by grant dollars from the Fund for Health Nevada and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Helpline is staffed weekdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Media Contacts

Julie Ardito, APR
Senior Director, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 784-6006

Tessa Bowen, MPA
Communications Manager, Advancement and Engagement
Office: (775) 682-9254

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.