"Butt Stops" Will Help Local Tobacco Users Quit

November 8th, 2016

Stops Throughout the Region on November 16 in Preparation for Great American Smokeout

It can be hard to stop using tobacco cold turkey. So in preparation for the Great American Smokeout on November 17, there will be “Butt Stops” set up throughout the Monadnock Region the day before, Wednesday, November 16, 2016. The stops are designed to help ease the discomfort of going without tobacco on November 17th.

The Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-free Communities (CCTFC) is hosting the all-day event, which will have designated “Butt Stops” throughout the region. Each stop will be staffed by trained tobacco cessation volunteers. Those who visit a "Butt Stop" will get a week’s worth of free nicotine patches or gum; the “stops” will also offer brief counseling and a referral to get tobacco cessation help, and a “comfort kit.”

This is the first time the Coalition has hosted such an event, which it hopes will be an annual occurrence; in the past, the organization has hosted a “Butt Swap” day at the Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene that swapped out tobacco products for a week’s worth of nicotine patches. The organization hopes to reach more people by bringing its message out into various communities in the region.

“We want to give people a chance to practice quitting,” says Kate McNally, Program Manager for the CCTFC, a program of the Center for Population Health Strategy and Practice at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene. “People can try it out for a day and may discover that quitting is not as bad as they thought. Our hope is that they’ll continue and get more help to support their decision to quit.”

In New Hampshire, 1900 people die every year from tobacco related illness. According to the most recent Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 18.6% of Cheshire County adults use tobacco. The Healthy Monadnock goal is to reduce this rate to 12% by 2020. Similarly, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows that 18.1% of youth in the Monadnock region use tobacco. The Healthy Monadnock goal is to reduce youth tobacco use to 10% by the year 2020.

Some of the “Butt Stops” throughout the day will include:

9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Center Church, 5 Michigan Street, Winchester
9-10 a.m.: Hamshaw Lumber, 497 Winchester St., Keene
9-10 a.m.: Keene Housing, Stone Arch Village Senior Community Room, 835 Court Street, Keene
10- 11 a.m.: Planned Parenthood, 8 Middle Street, Keene
11:00-1 p.m. Avenue A, 4 Aiken St. Antrim
11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Keene State College, KSC Student Center, Keene
Noon-1:30 p.m.: Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock-Keene (main lobby), Keene
1:00-3 p.m.: Keene Serenity Center, 36 Carpenter Street, Keene
2:00-4 p.m.: Bond Wellnes Center, Old Street Road, Peterborough
3:30-4:30 p.m.: Winchester School, 83 Parker St. (lobby), Winchester
5-7 p.m.: Kulick's, 30 Warwick Road, Winchester
5-6 p.m.: Keene YMCA, 200 Summit Road, Keene
5-6 p.m.: The Community Kitchen, 38 Mechanic St., Keene
For more information about “Butt Stops” contact Kate McNally at 603-354-6513. To stay up to date with the Butt Stops, follow CCTFC on Facebook @CheshireCoalition and Twitter @CheshireTobacco.

About Healthy Monadnock
Healthy Monadnock is a community engagement initiative designed to foster and sustain a positive culture of health throughout Cheshire County and the Monadnock Region. Founded and developed by the Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene in 2007, Healthy Monadnock’s action plans are being guided in the community by the Council for a Healthier Community, a group of 30+ individuals representing schools, organizations, coalitions and businesses. Community partners and Champions are working together to improve the quality of life and prevent the leading causes of death for everyone by implementing strategies to: increase healthy eating and active living; increase income and jobs; improve mental wellbeing, increase emergency preparedness, reduce substance misuse including tobacco, increase educational attainment and increase access and quality of healthcare. Learn more:

About Center for Population Health Strategy and Practice
The CMC/DHK Center for Population Health Strategy and Practice guides and facilitates implementation of clinical, care management and community-based health wellness projects and policies to improve population health across the system. The Center is a working unit, structurally part of CMC/DHK and embedded in the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System to facilitate the flow of resources across the health continuum including leveraging resources for community health partners that promote population health aligned with the goals and strategies of Healthy Monadnock.