Get support for quitting during the Great American Smokeout

Christie Prestongilpin county
Gilpin county

The Gilpin County Tobacco Education Program invites residents to quit for a day or quit for life during this year’s Great American Smokeout, November 21, 2013. Free tobacco quit kits designed to provide education and tools to make the path towards quitting tobacco a little easier will be available at the Gilpin County Public Health Office, Mountain Family Health Center, Human Services Office, and the Eagles’ Nest Early Learning Center.
Great American Smokeout“Quitting is a process and a journey that’s unique to everyone – and so are the tools that make that journey possible. The hope is that the quit kits provide valuable resources and ideas to help raise awareness and access to support that works,” said Tobacco Education Specialist, Christie Preston.
Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke exposure to cause 443,000 deaths each year in the United States – that’s 1 in 5 Americans. According to the American Cancer Society, people who plan their quit day in advance DOUBLE the odds of staying tobacco-free for life. If you want to take the tobacco-free challenge, there are steps to help you prepare and increase your chances of success in quitting for the day or quitting for life.

Resources:
*Colorado offers numerous resources to help you quit smoking or quit using other tobacco products. Visit www.TobaccoFreeCO.org to learn more or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
*COQuitMobile is a free text-based program that places you on the path to a life free from tobacco.
*“Tips From Former Smokers” is a powerful Centers for Disease Control and Prevention national campaign that encourages people to quit smoking by highlighting the toll that smoking-related illnesses take on people who smoke.
*Visit the American Lung Association website to find fact sheets on resources covered under the new Affordable Care Act.
*You may also visit www.TobaccoFreeGilpin.com for a list of additional resources to help you quit.
For more information or to participate in the Great American Smokeout and be entered into a drawing to win a $20 Target gift card, contact Christie Preston at 303-275-7565 or cpreston@jeffco.us.

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