The Great American Smokeout, an annual event held on the third Thursday of November, is a powerful initiative encouraging smokers to take the first step towards a healthier, smoke-free life. Hosted by the American Cancer Society, this event has helped millions of individuals kick the habit since its inception in 1977. We are proud to join the movement, providing valuable resources and support to our community members committed to quitting smoking.
Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable diseases and premature death worldwide. The health risks associated with smoking are well-documented, including heart disease, respiratory issues, and various cancers. Quitting smoking not only improves your physical health but also enhances your overall well-being and quality of life.
Resources for Quitting:
- Bear River Health Department:
We have Quit Smoking Quit-Kits and offer help in linking people to services. Call us at 435-792-6510 to talk to one of your health educators for more information.
- National Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW):
The National Quitline is a free, confidential resource available 24/7 to provide support and guidance on your quit journey. Trained counselors will offer personalized advice and help you build a quit plan that suits your needs.
The U.S. government’s online resource, Smokefree.gov, offers a wealth of information, tools, and support to help you quit smoking. Explore their website for quitting guides, apps, and community forums where you can connect with others on a similar journey.
- Quit Smoking Apps:
Leverage the power of technology with quit-smoking apps like QuitNow!, Smoke-Free, or Quit Tracker. These apps provide daily tracking, motivational messages, and progress analysis to keep you motivated and accountable.
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT):
Explore FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies such as patches, gum, lozenges, and nasal sprays. These products can help manage withdrawal symptoms and increase your chances of successfully quitting.
Quitting smoking is a journey worth taking, and the Great American Smokeout is the perfect opportunity to embark on this path toward better health. The Bear River Health Department is committed to supporting our community members in their efforts to quit smoking. Take advantage of the resources mentioned above, and remember that you are not alone in this journey. Together, we can clear the air and create a healthier, smoke-free community.