Monday, September 26, 2011

American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout Resources - 11/17


This year's American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout is scheduled for November 17th.  For over 25 years, the Great American Smokeout has been a staple in the cultural revolution against smoking.  Think back - 25 years ago, smoking on planes, in restaurants, in various public spaces was the norm.  Not today, thanks in large part to high-profile campaigns such as the Great American Smokeout.

This year, the revolution continues.  While, of course, there are great resources available on the Great American Smokeout website, such as quitting smoking guides, a beta test of an email-assisted smoking cessation study, desktop alerts to help manage cravings, and publications/templates to run your own local Great American Smokeout Campaign, there are other resources available to you, as well.

BecomeAnEX.org is a free, interactive website that shows smokers how to re-learn life without cigarettes.  The site, developed by Legacy in partnership with Mayo Clinic, offers a free, personalized quit plan and an online support community to help people prepare to quit and stay quit.  To help you gear up for quit day, Legacy is offering free EX® info cards and downloadable EX® tear-off flyers. Orders must be received by October 24th for delivery by November 16th. Order and download your free resources here and help put EX® in front of smokers.

If you are interested in tobacco cessation policy and strategy for community health centers, there is also a great webinar available to view online to help you consider options. It was done by the SAMHSA/HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions. Here it is: http://primarycareforall.org/blog/establishing-smoking-cessation-initiatives-in-health-centers/

In Colorado, of course, the go-to for tobacco cessation quitting assistance is the Colorado Quitline.  Via the quitline online site or via the 1-800-QUIT-NOW, tobacco users can seek personal counseling and management plans to help them quit!

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