Smokeout Day Thursday

November 21, 2013

Willcox Range News- Nov. 20th, 2013

On Thursday, Nov. 21, local teens will promote The Great American Smokeout, which is a day when smokers are encouraged to quit tobacco for the day, and quit for life. This year, members of the Cochise County Youth Health Coalition (CCYHC), in conjunction with Arizona’s statewide anti-tobacco youth coalition Students Taking a New Direction (better known as STAND), will take that one step further urging Arizonans to ‘decide today for life-long-strong lungs.’

In partnership with the American Lung Association (ALA), STAND will be holding events throughout Arizona promoting the health impact of living and working in a smoke-free environment.  For Cochise County residents, this event will be held all day Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Government Building Health Department in Douglas, 1012 G Ave.  STAND members are partnering with members of the ALA’s Better Breather’s club to provide interactive demonstrations on how smoking can affect your lungs.

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Artist inspires students to take part in Great American Smokeout

November 20, 2013
Artist Albert Ortiz (seated) greets a student at Desert Ridge Junior High School.

Artist Albert Ortiz (seated) greets a student at Desert Ridge Junior High School.

Students at Desert Ridge Junior High School in Mesa had a visit from artist and anti-tobacco advocate Albert Ortiz on Friday.

Seventh- and eighth-graders had a chance to ask the artist about his inspiration and techniques during the exhibition organized by Maricopa County Public Health Office of Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention.

The dozens of paintings are inspiring students in the school’s citizenship and responsibility classes to create their own anti-tobacco posters, which they’ll display at school for the Great American

Smokeout.

Ortiz discusses his work with Middle Schoolers from Mesa

Ortiz discusses his work with Middle Schoolers from Mesa

Middle schoolers view the exhibition.

Middle schoolers view the exhibition.


BTCD Office Chief Courtney Ward discussing STAND’s involvement with the Peak Parents Pledge.

November 20, 2013

Secondhand Smoke and Lung Health is Highlighted During 2013 Great American Smokeout

November 20, 2013

On Nov. 21 anti-tobacco youth coalitions rally in support of quitting and smoke-free public places

November 18, 2013 01:37 PM Eastern Standard Time

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Students Taking a New Direction (STAND) coalition chapters across Arizona will seize Great American Smokeout (GASO) on Nov. 21 to activate their local communities in the name of smoke-free environments and other important anti-tobacco topics. Originated by the American Cancer Society 36 years ago, GASO is a day when smokers are encouraged to make a quit attempt or to create a plan to quit. Although the main purpose of the day is to generate support for smokers who want to quit, this year there is a plea for them to consider the implications of secondhand smoke and a heightened attention on lung health.

“Parks are meant for everyone to enjoy. Trailing smoke is disruptive, a health hazard and bothersome; further the cigarette butts that are left everywhere, even in children’s sandboxes, are an environmental hazard.”

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Teens unite for tobacco-free Arizona

November 20, 2013

From: Eastern Arizona Courier

SAFFORD — The Great American Smokeout will take place Nov. 21.

The Great American Smokeout is a day when smokers are encouraged to quit for a day, quit for life. This year, members of Arizona’s statewide anti-tobacco youth coalition Students Taking a New Direction, better known as STAND, will take that one step further, urging Arizonans to “decide today for life-long-strong lungs.”

In partnership with the American Lung Association, STAND will be holding events throughout Arizona not only promoting the health impact of living and working in a smoke-free environment. STAND members are partnering with members of the American Lung Association’s Better Breather’s club to provide interactive demonstrations on how smoking can affect one’s lungs.

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Great American Smokeout!

November 8, 2013

Greetings to All,

As you know, the 2013 Great American Smokeout is fast approaching (November 21).  Now is the time to organize efforts with your partners, stakeholders and statewide contacts to bolster efforts around this worthwhile nationwide event.

Please activate the following link to read about the history of the Great American Smokeout and utilize available resources to organize media and campaign efforts in your state.  http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/history-of-the-great-american-smokeout

This is a very exciting time of year for tobacco prevention and control programs.  Please take advantage of this campaign as we attempt to maximize our comprehensive efforts  dealing with secondhand smoke, cessation efforts and environmental strategies.

 

 


Coming: CDC Feature, New Video and More for GASO

November 8, 2013

Dear Colleague:

Next week, CDC will reach out to smokers with an engaging personal quitter story and practical tips to encourage people to stop smoking during the Great American Smokeout on November 21. Below is a preview of materials to come. We hope these resources will help facilitate your planning efforts and further support people in your own community who want to quit.

Please share this email with your tobacco control partners so that they can plan to use our materials, too. We’ll send another E-mail on Monday, November 18, providing links to these products.

Sincerely,

CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health

 

CDC Feature Article: The Rewards of Quitting Smoking Start Today

This article:

  • Will present rewards and surprises that can start on the first day of a quit attempt:
    • Readers will learn that a craving only lasts 3 to 5 minutes.
    • They’ll learn to recognize their own smoking triggers—even just seeing a gas-station cigarette ad on the drive to work—and how to outsmart them.
    • They’ll find helpful, free quitting resources.
  • Will share the story of Tiffany, one of CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign participants:
    • Tiffany was only 16 when her mother died of lung cancer. Seeing her own daughter grow older brought back that pain and inspired Tiffany to successfully quit smoking. Tiffany’s new “How I Quit Smoking” video, in which she shares her own quit tips, is embedded within the article.

This feature article will go live on November 18 on CDC.gov and be promoted via CDC Tobacco Free social media profiles.

Buttons

A Great American Smokeout button will be available in a variety of sizes.

Information on OSH’s Smoking & Tobacco Use Web Site

OSH will provide a link to the CDC feature article as well as to quitting resources and social media tools located on the November Media Calendar page.

Like, Follow, and Subscribe! Social Media Engagement

To take advantage of all the activities we have planned on our social media profiles, you may wish to proactively like and follow @CDCTobaccoFree on Facebook and Twitter and subscribe to the Smoking & Tobacco Use playlist on YouTube. Doing so will enable you to receive and share status updates and profile updates as they are posted.