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Great American Smokeout - November 20, 2014

November 17, 2014
Keene, NH

The Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities (CCTFC) and CVS Health will join forces for the Great American Smokeout, Thursday, November 20th to assist “quitters” with remaining tobacco free for the day and perhaps longer. Individuals can pick up free “quit kits” and coupons toward nicotine replacement products from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. at CVS Health at 268 West Street in Keene, NH.

CCTFC Program Manager, Kate McNally, is encouraged by CVS Health’s decision to stop selling tobacco products this year, “Policy decisions like CVS Health’s truly make a difference in preventing the use of tobacco products by youth and also help adults to stop using tobacco. We are very excited to be teaming up for the Great American Smokeout.”

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.

Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes — a bit under 1 in every 5 adults. As of 2012, there were also 13.4 million cigar smokers in the US, and 2.3 million who smoke tobacco in pipes — other dangerous and addictive forms of tobacco.

The goals of the Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco-Free Communities are to reduce youth initiation of tobacco products, to help anyone who wants to quit do so, and to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke. The Coalition, led by Program Manager Kate McNally, sponsors an extensive array of treatment programs for those who wish to quit using tobacco, including one-on-one counseling, support group, phone support and assistance with nicotine replacement therapies (patches, lozenges and gum). In addition to these services, specific programs are available for youth, women — specifically those who are pregnant or new moms — and worksites interested in creating a smoke-free environment for customers and employees. For more information about how to quit using tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and electronic nicotine delivery devices, call 354-6513 or visit www.cheshiretobaccotreatment.com.  

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