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Great American Smoke Out

Great American Smoke OutThe third Thursday of November each year marks the Great American Smoke Out (GASO) – created by the American Cancer Society, GASO encourages people who smoke to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit tobacco use that day. By quitting — even for one day — people who smoke or use other tobacco products will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing the risk of cancers, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and premature aging and disability.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US and New Hampshire, yet about 165,574 NH adults (16.2%) still smoke cigarettes — a bit under 1 in every 5 adults. The health benefits of quitting smoking start immediately from the moment of quitting; cigar, little cigar, pipe tobacco, snus and chew tobacco are all dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco that people can give up for GASO, too.

Talk to your doctor about ways to quit. Most doctors can answer your questions, give advice, and suggest medicine to help with withdrawal. Some of these medicines you can buy on your own. For others, you need a prescription.

Call the quit counselors at the NH Tobacco Helpline – free and confidential quit counseling is available to all NH residents over the phone (1-800-QUIT-NOW) or visit to get free resources and information.

quitting is hard to do

Quitting is hard – but you can quit tobacco.

Any day is a good day to begin making your plan to quit tobacco.

In celebration of the 38th Great American Smoke Out (GASO), the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is launching the National Education Campaign, Tips From Former Smokers, which was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to encourage smokers to quit. DHHS is launching the ads in November to recognize the importance of GASO. This event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, encourages tobacco users to quit for at least one day in the hope that this might challenge them to stop permanently. The multi-media campaign will run statewide through March of 2016. Any New Hampshire resident can call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free help quitting tobacco. For more information, visit our Tobbaco Tips page.

New Hampshire Colleges and Universities are involved too: Plymouth State University is hosting the Great American Smokeout Event on Thursday, November 19 in the HUB Fireplace Lounge from 10:00 AM-1:00 PM. All are welcome to attend. Presented by Healthy PSU, the PSU Counseling and Human Relations Center, the PSU Student Nursing Association and the PSU Student Health & Wellness Club. Education and resources on tobacco/smoking cessation, blood pressure screenings, tobacco free campus initiative petition and additional health-related displays. Hot beverages and healthy refreshments compliments of Healthy PSU! Several fun giveaways and a quit "cold turkey" raffle! For more information visit the PSU website.

The University of New Hampshire Campus is supporting GASO! Information on quitting tobacco use and hot chocolate is provided for students.

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