2018 Great American Smoke Out

Smoke out photoThe Great American Smokeout – November 15th

Smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. Smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths. More than 16 million Americans live with smoking – related disease.

Quitting smoking isn’t easy but improves health immediately and over long term – at any age. It takes time and it take a plan. You don’t have to stop in one day. Just start quitting one day. Think about using the Great American Smokeout event on November 15th be you day to start your journey toward a tobacco-free life.

Never give up on giving up tobacco. You can do it. To have the best chance of quitting and remaining tobacco-free, you need to know what you’re up against, what your options are, and where to go for help. Listed below is some local, State, and National resources.

1-800-QUIT-Now – (1-800-784-8669); Provides support in quitting, including free quit coaching, a free quit plan, free educational materials, and referrals to local resources. Nicotine replacement therapy is sometimes available for free also.

Tips From Former Smokers – Watch and listen to real people living with the real and painful consequences of smoking.

Smokefree.gov – Provides general resources for smokers to quit

Smokefree Women – Provides information and resources on quitting smoking targeted at pregnant and non-pregnant women.

Become an EX: For pregnant and postpartum smokers – A quit smoking program developed by the American Legacy Foundation.

Stay Away from Tobacco – Smoking cessation resources for patients and providers.

The March of Dimes – Quitting tips for pregnant smokers.

Ste. Genevieve County Health Department -- Smoking cessation education and The Baby & Me: Tobacco Free program. Please call Diana Giesler (573-883-7411) for questions.