The Great American Smoke Out (GASO) occurs on the third Thursday of November each year, making this year’s event on Thursday, November 19th. GASO is a time when those who smoke pledge take a break from tobacco while those around them find ways to support them. The hope is that many will make GASO their quit date and begin to enjoy the benefits of being a “former smoker.”
Everyone’s reason for quitting tobacco may be different, but all can benefit from improved health, more time with family and friends, more money in their pockets, and having a more positive influence on kids. Though many that have successfully quit widely report no regrets, it does take determination to create this new lifestyle. Having a plan, rounding up support, deciding whether medical assistance is needed and choosing a quit date will all help to increase the chances of success.
This year, a GASO event will be held in the Cedar Rapids area on November 19 starting at 5:30 pm at St. Wenceslaus Church. The event will include quick, 15 minute presentations to share up to date information and resources that may help people successfully quit tobacco or nicotine. There is no cost to attend and the event is open to the public. Round up a friend or two and come begin your journey or learn how you can support others on theirs!
Curt Wheeler, ASAC Prevention Specialist