SOCIAL SMOKING

Social smoking is still smoking and can lead to a habit that’s hard to quit. Are you ready to quit making excuses? We’re here to support you as you look to successfully put smoking behind you for good.

What is Social Smoking?

Socially smoking, vaping or hookah use, is occasional smoking that is strongly connected to social activities, such as drinking. While many social smokers don’t consider their occasional behavior harmful to their health, smoking or vaping in any amount is never safe and can lead to increased health risks, and even addiction.

Quit Making Excuses:

“I only smoke when I drink.”
“I only smoke when I’m stressed.”
“I only smoke at work.”
“I only smoke on the weekends.”

Does this sound familiar? If you only smoke when you’re doing something, or if you’re around certain people, you’re still a smoker – even if you don’t smoke every day.

Making excuses for why and when you smoke or vape can be a slippery slope and lead to increased health risks. We understand that smoking infrequently feels less risky, but no amount of smoking is ever safe.

Know the Risks of Smoking and Vaping:

Smoking and vaping, even in small amounts or only sometimes, can be harmful to your health while also increasing your chances of becoming addicted.

Short Term Risks
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Slower recovery from injuries
  • Fertility issues in both females and males
  • Loss of vision, including cataracts
  • Increased risk for respiratory tract infections
  • Safety risk potential for e-cigarette lithium-ion batteries to explode
Long Term Risks
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Increased risk of heart disease
  • Increased risk of lung disease
  • Increased risk of premature death
  • Increased risk of heart attack

Even if you’re only smoking or vaping sometimes, the effects can be just as risky to your health as a daily smoking habit. Quitting can reverse the damage that smoking has had on your health and lower your chance of dying from smoking-related disease. It’s never too late to quit.

Ways to Quit:

Quit making excuses today. The Maine Tobacco HelpLine can make it easier, and increase your chances of quitting for good with free, confidential, supportive help online or over the phone. You are two to three times more likely to quit with the HelpLine than if you try alone. Get connected with a nationally certified and trained Quit Coach today!

The first step to quitting tobacco is being ready.

The Maine Tobacco HelpLine can help you get started. Call or Enroll Online to make a personal plan for you and your future. There are multiple program options are available– find the right one for you!

Call to Quit
Call now and speak with a Maine Tobacco HelpLine Quit Coach to develop a quit plan.
Enroll Online
Visit the Online Portal to learn about web-based services including online enrollment, text to quit, and more to get connected to a Maine Tobacco HelpLine Quit Coach.