Did you know about these three initiatives from the Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program?

November is the month where tobacco use prevention and cessation is highlighted and Americans are encouraged to quit using any form of tobacco. The American Cancer Society's Great American SmokeOut (GASO) takes place every third Thursday in November. This year, GASO will take place on Thursday, November 19, 2015. Annually, GASO provides the opportunity to educate the public on the dangers of tobacco use, promote tobacco cessation and warn the public of the dangers of exposure to secondhand smoke. This year will not be different. There are a number of activities and events that are occurring on college campuses, at worksites, in school districts, within public and private housing authorities, and entertainment venues such as bars and restaurants that support a smoke-free lifestyle.

The American Lung Association and its partners have created a statewide education campaign titled, "Nobody Quits Like Georgia."  The campaign kicked off on Tuesday, November 17, at 11:00 am at the City of Atlanta Atrium.  The Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor of Atlanta was the featured speaker. Visit the Nobody Quits Like Georgia website at http://www.quitsmokingga.org/ to see what GASO activities are occurring in your area.

Lastly, the Georgia Tobacco Use Prevention Program is making available, free of charge, nicotine replacement therapy in the form of 4 weeks of the patch or 4 weeks of the gum. In order to secure the patch or gum, contact the Georgia Tobacco Quit Line at 1-877-270-STOP (7867). Visit our web site at http://dph.georgia.gov/ready-quit or contact Kayla Lloyd, cessation coordinator, at Kayla.Lloyd@dph.ga.govor 404-657-2491.

For more details about the Great American SmokeOut 2015, visithttp://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index.