The Great American Smokeout is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS). It is held on the 3rd Thursday of November. This social engineering event focuses on encouraging Americans to quit tobacco smoking. People are challenged to stop smoking for at least 24 hours assuming that their decision not to smoke will last longer, hopefully forever. Today, more than 43 million people in the U.S. smoke cigarettes, that is about 1 in 5 adults. Tobacco Free for Healthy NJ is providing resources to help you educate your community as well as direct them cessation services. Below are materials to help you prepare for the Great American Smokeout.
School personnel are key partners in tobacco prevention as they have the attention of our youth. The Great American Smokeout is a great opportunity to teach youth about the dangers of tobacco products. Below are some resources for schools.
Coalitions help implement a comprehensive approach to tobacco prevention by bringing education, programs & other resources to the community. The resources below will help you find best practices.
When it comes to preventing teens from using tobacco or helping them quit, parents and other caring adults can take several steps. First, you can set an example & choose not to smoke or use other tobacco products. Modeling desirable behavior is the start of helping your child live a tobacco-free life.
Merchants are the front line of defense in decreasing youth access. It is essential to follow the state law by not selling to those under 21. Below are some resources for merchants to comply with this law and support our communities.
The Great American Smokeout is the perfect time to pick a quit date! Cessation resources and assistance can give an individual support as they quit using tobacco products. There are many local, statewide and national options that will assist with your Quit Attempt. Below are resources that can help you set yourself up for success!
Quitting smoking isn’t easy. It takes time and a plan. You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one. Let the Great American Smoke Out event on November 18th, 2021 be your day to start the journey toward a smoke-free life. You don’t have to do it alone. Grab a friend, family member or coworker who also wants to quit and join thousands of people who smoke across the country in taking an important step toward a healthier life.
Step 1: Use the poster below to promote quitting! Send via e-mail, hang in your office or post on social media.
Step 2: Follow us on social media for encouragement! Feel free to share our posts and resources.
The GASO flyer is available in: Arabic, Creole, Spanish, Vietnamese, Polish, Portuguese, and Russian.
Visit the Multilingual Hub to download.
BREAK UP WITH TOBACCO
Get ready for the Great American Smokeout! November 18th is your DAY ONE! Use the posts below to encourage your community members to "break up with tobacco".
CESSATION SERVICES POSTS
Use the posts below to connect your community to cessation services. Providing this support will help them on the path towards a healthier life.