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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 among men (17.0%) than women (8.6%).

According to published surveys, smoking is more common among Puerto Ricans than among other Hispanic/Latino populations in the United States.

Subpopulation Cigarette Smoking Rate
Puerto Rican 31.5%
Cuban 25.2%
Mexican 23.8%
Central or South American 20.2%

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Real Stories: Hispanics/Latinos Featured in Tips

Learn the real stories of Hispanics/Latinos who are suffering from illness or health conditions as a result of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke.

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.

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 that take effect in 2014 will expand private health insurance and Medicaid coverage of proven quit-smoking treatments, including counseling and FDA-approved cessation medications.

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Mariano, an Hispanic with heart problems resulting from smoking

Mariano started smoking at 15. He had open heart surgery at age 47.

"I smoked my last cigarette the day I was told I needed heart surgery."


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