In Arkansas, 22.3% of the adult population (aged 18+ years) — over 480,000 individuals—are current cigarette smokers.
Everyday more than 4,000 kids try their first cigarette; and more than 2,200 additional young people become daily smokers.
The City of Little Rock is committed to decreasing youth tobacco access and their attitudes towards tobacco use. For information regarding smoking cessation, please call our office at (501) 399-3420.
Why quit now?
Improve your health! Half of all smokers who continue to smoke will eventually die from a smoking related illness.
Protect the health of others by not exposing them to secondhand smoke. Smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and 70 of those cause cancer.
Tips to help you quit:
- Pick a date and mark it on your calendar
- Tell your family and friends about your decision to quit
- Make a plan. Decide if you will use nicotine replacement therapy or other medications
- Get rid of all of your ashtrays, lighters and cigarettes
- Never give up hope!
For FREE on-going help with smoking cessation, please call the Quit Line at: (800) QUIT-NOW. It is available twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week.
Pulaski County Tobacco Permit Holders
It is ILLEGAL to buy or sell tobacco products without a valid, current permit.
To renew or obtain a state permit online with the Arkansas State Tobacco Control Board, please visit www.atc.ar.gov.
If you sell tobacco products within the Little Rock city limits, you are required to have a license as well. You can apply online HERE.
Failure to have these permits will result in possible fines and/or suspensions.
Keep Illegal Cigarettes from Kids (KICK)
Established in 1999, KICK is a partnership of more then twenty (20) community-based organizations, agencies, schools, and churches that seek to decrease youth tobacco access and to change attitudes toward smoking. KICK uses a widespread approach to educate Pulaski County citizens and to prevent or cease the use of tobacco.
KICK has collaborated with a number of partners to conduct community assessments. Research from recently past years found that a 64% majority of Arkansas citizens were non smokers, and that 71% percent of them would support a law to eliminate smoking in restaurants. In 2006, we played an important role in implementing the Clean-Indoor Air Act.
Everyday, more than 4,000 kids try their first cigarette; and more than 2,200 additional young people become daily smokers. In a study with youth, a participant stated, “Smoking has consequences for everyone.” The study also identified that early prevention is much more effective than late intervention. Suggestions to help prevent underage smoking are setting a good example and emphasizing health risks.
Smokeless Spitless Tobacco Use
Did you know that ONE can of chewing tobacco (dip, snuff, chew, smokeless tobacco) contains 144 milligrams of nicotine or ninety (90) cigarettes?
Spit tobacco can deliver up to five (5) times more the amount of nicotine than one cigarette. For example, a thirty (30)-minute "chew" give you the same amount of nicotine as three (3) cigarettes.
Get Involved! Call (501) 399-3420!