New Orleans, LA – (November 15, 2021) – The Great American Smokeout (GASO) is an annual event that encourages anyone who uses tobacco products, including vape products, to quit smoking. This year’s GASO day is Thursday, Nov. 18.
The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), a program of the Louisiana Public Health Institute and Louisiana Cancer Research Center, encourages anyone who wants to quit to call 1-800-Quit-Now or visit QuitWithUsLA.org to enroll for free. Enrollees get connected with a dedicated Quit Coach who helps them create a customized quit plan. They also receive quitting resources and regular encouragement from their coach. Enrollees can choose the type of Quitline support that works best for them. The options offered include telephone support, online support, and text support.
In celebration of GASO, TFL Cessation Manager Chrishelle Stipe is leading a virtual learning series where participants can learn more about community resources and services to help tobacco users quit. The event takes place on Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Those interested in participating can register here.
TFL is participating in other GASO events around the state. Below is additional information on those events.
Volunteers Of America Overcoming Homelessness Outreach Event
Thursday, Nov. 18
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Emmanuel Baptist Church in Alexandria will be sharing cessation resources and working with the local coalition to provide meals.
Communities of Color Statewide Outreach Events
- Tobacco exchange and BBQ with SUNO’s SGA and Panhellenic Council
- GASO event on Southern University Shreveport’s campus
- Tobacco exchange at the Monroe City School Board with the custodial workers
GASO Event in Campti
Thursday, Nov. 18
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Campti Community Development Center
121-A Raphiel St.
Campti, LA 71411
The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living
The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) engages in local and statewide tobacco control policy efforts that focus on tobacco prevention and initiation among youth, eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke, promote cessation services, and identify and eliminate tobacco-related disparities. TFL is guided by best practices in tobacco control and envisions a healthier Louisiana by reducing the excessive burden of tobacco use on all Louisianans. For more information visit www.tobaccofreeliving.org. To find out more about the dangers of secondhand smoke and show your support for a smoke-free Louisiana, visit www.healthierairforall.org. To learn more about quitting tobacco, visit www.quitwithusla.org.
About the Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC)
Founded by the Louisiana State Legislature in 2002, the LCRC is a public-private partnership designed to promote education about cancer and conduct important research on the diagnosis, detection, treatment, and prevention of cancer in Louisiana. The LCRC partners with the public at large and four major cancer research institutions in Louisiana: LSU Health, Tulane University, Ochsner Health System, and Xavier University. More information about the LCRC is available at www.louisianacancercenter.org.
About the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI)
LPHI, founded in 1997, is a statewide community-focused 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public health institute committed to ensuring all Louisianans have just and fair opportunities to be healthy and well. Our work focuses on areas that touch public health, including tobacco prevention and control, building healthier communities, assessing needs of communities, supporting the whole health needs of individuals and families from early childhood to older adults, COVID-19, and more. We create authentic partnerships with both communities and partners to align action for health. For more information, visit www.lphi.org.