What is the Great American Smokeout?
The Great American Smokeout (GASO) is a day every year sponsored by the American Cancer Society. GASO is one day when every American is called to quit smoking -- even if it is just for one day. GASO provides a day in which individuals, community groups, and health care providers urge people who smoke to develop a quit plan, commit to a day to quit smoking, and allows them to learn about tools that are readily available to them to aid in their quit journey.
Why is GASO important?
Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of death and disease in the world -- 34 million Americans smoke cigarettes daily! No matter how long you’ve smoked, quitting improves your health immediately, and your chance of cancer instantly starts to decrease. Quitting can be extremely hard to do. The point of GASO is to make tools readily available to those who are thinking about quitting -- it is not to force you to quit cold turkey. We also don’t expect you to stop smoking completely after GASO -- you don’t have to quit in one day, just start with day one.
What resources are available to me?
You can visit quitnowindiana.com or call 1-800-784-8669 (QUITNOW). This link and phone number will lead you to Indiana’s Tobacco Quitline, where you can speak to a live person for support, text with someone, or just get basic resources through the website. A person can set you up with cessation medication for free if you qualify, can send you daily encouragement texts, and can help you reach your tobacco-free goals. Quit plans are tailored to your specific needs, age, gender, and other factors. They are a great free resource for those who are trying to quit smoking cigarettes, vaping, or smokeless tobacco. You can sign up online or by calling the number listed above.
You can also seek judgement free services from your doctor or dentist. If they see fit, they can prescribe you cessation medication. Through Medicaid, these medications are often free to you. See your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider for more information.
What are things that I can do to be successful at quitting?
We recommend that you visit quitnowindiana.com. They are extremely helpful and have an abundance of resources.
We also recommend that you develop a Quit Plan. This means you:
You don’t have to quit in one day. Just start with day one. You got this!
Multiple Authors including coalition staff, board members, and coalition members contribute to this page.