POCATELLO, ID. – Thursday, November 15, 2018, marks the 43rd annual Great American Smokeout. This day is nationally recognized as a day to encourage tobacco users to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By
quitting — even for one day – tobacco users will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to
reducing cancer risk. Help a loved one that you may know in their journey of becoming tobacco-free.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet about
38 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least
one day in the past year.
To recognize the Great American Smokeout in Pocatello, free quit kits will be available this Thursday at the following
locations: Southeastern Idaho Public Health located at 1901 Alvin Ricken Drive (8 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 7 pm),
Shaver Pharmacy & Compounding located at 235 South 4th Avenue (9 am – 7 pm), Maag Prescription & Medical Supply
located at 333 West Center (9 am – 6 pm), and Ed Snell’s Pharmacy located at 1015 East Young (9:30 am – 6:30 pm). A
limited supply of quit kits will be available at each location.
Steps to help a tobacco user prepare for Thursday’s Great American Smokeout include:
– Tracking in advance, each cigarette you smoke (What time ? Where ? What is the emotion behind each cigarette?).
– Getting rid of cigarettes and ashtrays in your home, car, and place of work.
– Stocking up on oral substitutes such as sugarless gum, carrot sticks, cinnamon candy, etc.
– Deciding on a quit plan. Will you attend a Tobacco Cessation Program? Will you use nicotine replacement therapy?
– Determining ways to reward yourself for being smoke-free.
– Practicing saying, “No thank you. I don’t smoke.”
– Setting up a support system to include friends, family members, co-workers, etc.
Need additional help in your attempt to quit? It’s not too late to enroll in the November Fresh Start Tobacco Cessation
Program. Visit www.siphidaho.org to get registered or call 208-239-5290. Complete the program and receive a FREE two
week supply of nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges. For additional support, you can also call Idaho Quitline at 1-800-QUITNOW
or visit www.quitnow.net/idaho.
For additional information, please contact Traci Lambson at Southeastern Idaho Public Health at 478-6316.