CCHD to Host Great American Smokeout Events

The Montana Tobacco Use Prevention Program (MTUPP), a statewide program of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, is joining forces with the American Cancer Society for this year’s Great American Smokeout. This annual event challenges smokers to quit cigarettes for at least one day in hopes that they will quit for good. The event is held around the country to help raise awareness about tobacco use and encourages tobacco users to quit, providing them with helpful cessation information and resources.

The Cascade City-County Health Department (CCHD) Tobacco Use Prevention Program will host the Great American Smokeout (GASO) on Thursday, November 21st at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the University of Great Falls Student Commons building. The event will showcase some of the newer tobacco delivery devices that the commercial tobacco manufacturers have recently introduced. These will include e-cigarettes, flavored cigars, hookahs, lotions, and many others. The Great Falls Public Schools CARE program and Benefis Health Systems recently sponsored a GASO poster contest with the winning posters created by area students displayed at the Market Place digital billboard.

The Great American Smokeout raises awareness about the deaths and chronic diseases caused by smoking. One thousand four hundred (1,400) Montanans die every year from tobacco-related illnesses. Tobacco Prevention Specialist Teddy Nault said, “This event may become an early start for those who may have been contemplating quitting as a New Year’s resolution.”

Tobacco users who call the Montana Tobacco Quit Line are 7 to 10 times more likely to quit. The Montana Tobacco Quit Line, at 1-800-QUIT-NOW, is a free service to help all Montanans who want to quit using tobacco. The Quit Line offers free nicotine replacement therapy, such as patches, lozenges and gum, and free or low-cost medications.

The mission of MTUPP is to address the public health crisis caused by the use of all forms of commercial tobacco products. MTUPP works to eliminate tobacco use, especially among young people.