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Great American Smokeout November 16th

Written By Editor on 11/13/17 | 11/13/17

Even though tobacco companies have manipulated cigarettes to make them more addictive and millions of smokers have died, the Great American Smoke Out (GASO) is a day when people who use tobacco can take the first step in putting a plan in place to break their nicotine addiction. GASO is a national observance that takes place on the third Thursday of November each year.

Deyanira Cisneros, Community Engagement Coordinator for Advancing Tobacco Free Communities in Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie Counties (ATFC-DOS), suggests “Smokers should reach out to their health care providers. Most health insurances, including Medicaid, cover medications so individuals should talk to their health care providers about what’s right for them. For more help, they can call the NYS Smokers’ Quitline 1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487). ”

“The tobacco companies’ pattern for more than 50 years has been to deny and lie —and they’ve made billions. Why wouldn’t they do the same for the next 50 years?” says Regina Haig, Youth Engagement/Reality Check Coordinator for ATFC-DOS. “We can’t let the tobacco industry continue to have a stronghold in our communities. We must keep up the fight and invest in protecting our youth from becoming replacement smokers.”

Despite progress in reducing smoking rates, tobacco use is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in New York State and the nation. More than 28,000 New Yorkers die every year from smoking-related illnesses.

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