Great American Smokeout November 16, 2017

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society’s ‘Great American Smokeout’ event.

You can encourage your patients or someone you know to use the date as an opportunity to make a plan to quit or plan in advance and quit smoking that day.

By quitting – even for one day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier lifestyle and reducing their cancer risk.

Quitting is hard, but there is help to increase your chances of success. The American Cancer Society shares steps to take to quit smoking and offers quit-smoking programs, resources and support that can increase the chances of quitting successfully.

To learn about the available tools, call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345. You can also find free tips and tools below:


Recording Available

WebEx: Effective Strategies for Independence from Tobacco
October 26, 2017 WebEx


All healthcare providers, especially those with direct patient contact, have a unique opportunity to help tobacco users quit. Tobacco users cite ‘a doctor’s advice to quit’ as an important motivator for attempting to stop smoking. A variety of healthcare systems including direct patient care, administrators, insurance carriers and even work-sites wellness programs can implement system changes to include specific strategies that can help decrease tobacco dependency.These strategies include implementing a tobacco-user identification system; dedicating staff to provide a brief intervention with the patient; and assisting with the coordination of tobacco cessation aids including coaching, state quit-lines, cessation quit aides and coordination of health benefits.


To learn more, access the handouts and recording of this event on our website