Written by Sarah Geesaman, CG-SUPRT
You’d like to quit tobacco, you intend to quit, but…well, you just need to pick a day.
How about Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016?
That’s the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. You can join millions of Americans as well as other USCG members and start living tobacco free!
Smokers are encouraged to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards achieving a healthier life and reducing cancer risk for themselves, their families, and their fellow Coasties.
According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the US, yet more than 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes and use other tobacco products. However, more than half of these smokers have attempted to quit for at least one day in the past year.
While quitting can be difficult, www.cgsuprt.com provides links to resources, webinars and articles that can help you take steps to quit smoking and increase your chances of being triumphant in conquering the desire to smoke. CG SUPRT also provides Health and Wellness Coaching with a focus on tobacco and nicotine cessation to help members live healthier lifestyles.
- To sign up with a coach for support with tobacco cessation, call 1-855-CG SUPRT(247-8778) or click here to schedule online coaching sessions.
- The Coast Guard Health Promotion Program also supports CG members in striving to live healthier lives. You can contact Tim Merrell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and resources such as the UCanQuit2 program and support from TRICARE on tobacco cessation.
- The American Cancer Society can also tell you about the steps you can take to quit smoking and provide the resources and support that can increase your opportunity for quitting successfully. To learn about the available tools through the American Cancer Society or to get involved in the Smokeout, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit their website, American Cancer Society Great American Smoke Out.
The Great American Smokeout on November 17th is one of the most well-known means both in and out of the Coast Guard to encourage you, your friends, family and loved ones to quit smoking successfully and reduce the risk of cancer. Don’t put it off any longer. Get involved this year and reach out to CG SUPRT for coaching and resources. We are available 24/7 and services are free and confidential within the limits of the law.