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Great American Smokeout - November 19, 2009

November 13, 2009


Tacoma-Pierce County WA ?

The American Cancer Society's 34th annual Great American Smokeout (GASO) began in 1976 to encourage people who smoke to quit for one day. Since then, millions of Americans have participated in the event, which remains a popular occasion for people who smoke to make a long-term plan to quit for good. Washington has the 6th lowest smoking rate in the nation, but there are still approximately 770,000 people in the state who smoke ? the majority come from lower income households or have lower educational backgrounds.

Our most recent survey data showed that about 17.8% of adults in Pierce County smoke cigarettes. About 1,140 infants are born each year in Pierce County to mothers who smoke during pregnancy. 20.7% of 12th graders in Pierce County, and 20.0% statewide, reported they currently smoke cigarettes.

The following are agencies and organizations that have joined GASO in Pierce County and offer smoking cessation services:

  • Multicare Health System offers a free hour-long workshop for tobacco users followed be a Q&A session in three different locations, Allenmore, Tacoma General & South Hill Clinic. These are led by a tobacco treatment specialist from the Mayo Clinic. To sign up go to www. freequitclinic.com or call 1-888-866-0843.
  • Franciscan Health System offers cessation support materials at St. Joseph in Tacoma throughout the day and a presentation on Quitting Tobacco in the Milgard Medical Pavillion at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor. Contact Heidi Henson at (253) 223-7538.
  • Tacoma Community College will have a table with tobacco cessation and support groups information for students and faculty. Contact Theophilus Mungen at (253) 566.5337.
  • University of Puget Sound will have a table with tobacco cessation and support groups information for students and faculty. Contact Jill Nealy-Moore at (253) 879-3749
  • Pierce County Libraries (South Hill & Puyallup branches) will have an information table providing tobacco cessation and support groups to the general public.
  • Tacoma Public Libraries (Moore & Downtown branches) will also have a table to provide tobacco cessation and support groups to the general public.
  • Walgreens

Other Pierce County Quit Resources: Aldebara Hypnotherapy, Central Latino, Community Health Care, El Camino, Franciscan Health, Nicotine Solutions, Indochinese Cultural & Service Center, Korean Women Association, Madigan Army Medical Center, McChord Health & Wellness Center, Multicare Health, My Service Mind, People of Color Against Aids Network, Puyallup Tribal Health, SeaMar Community Clinic, and Smokenders.

All Washington state residents are eligible to receive free help from the Tobacco Quit Line, including counseling, help with a personalized quit plan and a quit kit. Call toll-free

1-800-QUIT-NOW, or in Spanish,1-877-2NO-FUME

For additional information and resources, visit: www.QuitLine.com

Media contact Allison Cox (253) 798-6268 or acox@tpchd.org.

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