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Cigarette smoking increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, which are the leading causes of death for Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.

Among Hispanics/Latinos, smoking is much more common in men (17.2%) than in women (7.8%). Overall, 1 in 5 adults with an Hispanic or Latino heritage smoke cigarettes.

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Real Stories: Hispanics/Latinos Featured in Tips

Meet BeatriceMeet Beatrice. Beatrice, age 40, lives in New York and began smoking regularly at age 13. A mother of two, she quit smoking in 2010 because she wanted to be around for her family.

Meet FelicitaMeet Felicita. Felicita, age 54, lives in Florida and began smoking at age 12. She didn't know smoking could harm her gums and teeth. She lost all her teeth by age 50.

Meet JessicaMeet Jessica. Jessica, age 28, lives in New York and has never smoked. Her son, Aden, was diagnosed with asthma at age 3, and exposure to secondhand smoke has triggered asthma attacks.

Meet MarianoMeet Mariano. Mariano, 55, lives in Illinois. He started smoking at 15. In 2004, he had open heart surgery and barely escaped having a heart attack. He quit smoking — grateful for a second chance at life.

Meet RoseMeet Rose. Rose, age 59, lives in Texas and began smoking at age 13. She's had surgery twice for cancer. "I regret picking up smoking in the first place," she said.

Learn more about all Tips participants in our Real Stories section.

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Quitting Help

For quitting resources in Spanish, please see "¡Estoy listo para dejar de fumar!"—the quitting area on our Tips Spanish site.

To get started right now, see our I'm Ready to Quit! area, featuring a Quit Guide and an additional Quitting Resources page.

You can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
Quitline coaches can answer questions, help you develop a quit plan, and provide support.

Free help to quit smoking is available through the following Spanish-language quitline:
1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569)

Medicare currently covers quit-smoking treatments. The benefit covers two tobacco cessation attempts per year and up to four face-to-face counseling sessions per attempt.

Several provisions of the Affordable Care Act expand private health insurance and Medicaid coverage of proven quit-smoking treatments.

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Felicita, an Hispanic with heart problems resulting from smoking

Felicita smoked and lost all her teeth by age 50. She didn't know that smoking could harm her gums and teeth.

"I feel ashamed of myself, really. I feel like I destroyed my health and my appearance with cigarettes."


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