In celebration of the 38th Great American Smoke Out, the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services is launching Tips From Former Smokers, a national education campaign created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to encourage
smokers to quit. DHHS is launching the ads in November to recognize the importance of GASO. This event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, encourages tobacco users to quit for at least one day in the hope that this might challenge them to stop permanently. The multi-media Tips campaign will run statewide through March of 2016.
“This is a very powerful campaign; the people in the ads are real and they have suffered from using tobacco,” said Marcella Bobinsky, acting director of the Division of Public Health Services. “Quitting is very difficult and the individuals in the Tipsads know that firsthand, but they were able to quit and they want to help others quit too. The Great American Smoke Out is an opportunity to begin a journey towards a healthier, tobacco-free life.”
New Hampshire will be featuring Tipsparticipants Amanda, who’s baby was born two months early and weighed only 3 pounds; Jessica, a mother with a young son who suffers from asthma attacks due to secondhand smoke exposure; and Bill, who had diabetes at 15 and started smoking cigarettes at 39 but quit after his leg was amputated due to poor circulation. Their stories,
the stories of other former smoker, and tips for quitting can be found at: www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/index.html.
Currently, 17.5% of New Hampshire adults report smoking but almost 65% report wanting to quit. DHHS helps residents quit tobacco and provides them with cessation resources, including free counseling to all residents who call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or self-refer via the web (www.TryToStopNH.org). The Helpline provides no-cost counseling and encouragement for quitting tobacco
use to all New Hampshire residents. Nicotine patches are available for those who qualify, while supplies last.
For more information about the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services visit www.dhhs.nh.gov. For information about the Great American Smoke Out visit www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index.