The American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout is quickly approaching on November 19th. The Smokeout is an opportunity to refrain from smoking just for the day. It could be the beginning of a tobacco-free life, but quitting forever is not a requirement for being a successful Smokeout participant.
According to Kate McNally, Tobacco Treatment Specialist at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, Fear is the number one barrier to people freeing themselves from tobacco. In my experience, the fear was worse than actually quitting. If a person can overcome the fear and give it a try for one day, they’ll probably see how do-able it is and be able to extend the day to two days, then three days, and so on.
Healthy Monadnock wants to make it easy for employees at your organization to participate in the Smokeout and quit like champions. Providing your organization with posters, graphics, and information about cessation support groups and treatment are just a few of the ways we can help:
- Join the Tobacco Treatment Program for a free Smokeout Eve session to help folks prepare for the Great American Smokeout. The session will be held on November 18th from 6-7:30pm at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene in North Conference Room 2.
- Download this poster to hang around your worksite.
- Download this infographic to show your employees how quickly they can start feeling better after they stop smoking.
- Work with our Organizational Champions team to implement a tobacco-free policy at your organization.
- Provide your employees with information about services available to them to help them quit, including:
- Tobacco Treatment Program at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene (CMC/DHK): The Tobacco Treatment Program offers an array of options for those who wish to quit using tobacco, including: free one-on-one counseling, assistance with nicotine replacement therapies (patches and gum), and tobacco and addition education. Services are available to everyone, and there are special programs for women and youth. Simply call 603-354-6513 to get started.
- Monthly Support Groups: A local support group is available for individuals who are maintaining a tobacco-free lifestyle and for those who are trying to do so. The support group is free, and no registration is needed. Groups are held on the first Wednesday of every month from 5:30-6:30pm at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene in Central Conference Room #3.
- New Hampshire Tobacco Helpline: This confidential resource is available free to all New Hampshire residents. When you call, you’ll have a few choices. A friendly staff person will talk to you and offer free self-help materials, a list of other quit smoking programs in your area, and one-on-one private advice over the phone. You can pick the services you want at the times that are best for you. You may also be able to access no-cost nicotine patches, if supplies are available. The toll-free helpline offers confidential telephone-based counseling, free print materials, and referrals to local tobacco treatment programs. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) to take your first step toward quitting.
Healthy Monadnock is here to help. Please contact us at email@example.com to find out more about how your organization can take the next step. If your organization is not already an Organizational Champion, register here to gain access to even more resources and assistance with workplace wellness initiatives.