Cascade County Celebrates the Great American Smokeout
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, in collaboration with the Health and Wellness Center of Malmstrom Air Foce Base, will host the Great American Smokeout on Friday, November 9th at 5:00-7:00pm at the base Fitness Center. The event, which will include a “Dodge Tobacco” dodge ball game, will have tobacco prevention specialists on hand along with quit line information. We will also hold an “Adopt a Smoker for the Day” from 8:00am to 12:00 noon at the base Food Court on November 15th. Our CMR HS reACT youth group will be holding a GASO tobacco educational presentation during lunch, 11:17-12:39 November 14th, in the commons area of the school. All of these events are free and open to the public.
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, “We’re challenging smokers to stop tobacco use for the day and will provide information on effective ways to quit permanently, including information on the Montana Tobacco Quit Line.” 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 (784-8669) offers free help to 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.
For more information, visit CCHD’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program.