Great American Smokeout Going Back to College

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. It is held around the country and helps 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 a Great American Smokeout Event on Thursday, November 20th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Great Falls College MSU. The event will provide education on the roots of the event, new tobacco products, the MT Quit Line, and other tobacco related cessation aids. There will also be free “Quit Kits” available for those who wish to gain a start in their cessation attempt.

The Great American Smokeout is an event that raises awareness about the deaths and chronic diseases caused by tobacco use. Here in Montana, one in every four Montanans die daily from some tobacco related illness. “We would like to see this statistic be eliminated by having more tobacco users take advantage of the free services provided by the MT Quit Line”, says CCHD Tobacco Use Prevention Specialist Teddy Nault.

The Montana Quit Line, 1-800-784-8669, offers a personalized quit plan; 5 FREE pro-active coaching sessions; 4 FREE weeks of nicotine replacement therapy (patches, gum, or lozenges); Chantix at a reduced cost ($25 co-pay) for a limited time; a fax referral system for health care providers who have patients wishing to quit using tobacco; and a trained staff that offers culturally appropriate services for American Indians.

For more information about GASO or any other tobacco use topics, please contact Teddy Nault at 452-0881 ext. 307

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.