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Quit tobacco on the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 16

November 8, 2017

Join hundreds of Alaskans in celebrating the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout (GASO)! Tobacco users are encouraged to use the date to take an important step toward a healthier life by making a plan to quit, or by planning in advance and quitting tobacco that day.

By quitting, even for one day, tobacco users can make significant improvements to their health, such as reducing cancer risk. Here are some helpful tips in becoming tobacco free:

  • Find your reason. Get motivated. You need a powerful, personal reason to quit.
  • Be prepared by making a list of what to do to substitute tobacco use, like chew on a mint tooth pick or drinking plenty of water.
  • Consider Nicotine-Replacement Therapy or the medications Chantix or Zyban.
  • Lean on your loved ones for support.
  • Avoid alcohol and other triggers.
  • Clean your house and car and get rid of all tobacco products.


ANTHC’s Tobacco Prevention Program invites you to join us anytime on Nov. 16 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the following events:

Healthy Selfie Station – Healthy Communities Building, 1st Floor Lobby

  • Take a Healthy Selfie with a co-worker, friend or a staffer from the Tobacco Prevention Program.  By visiting this station you can win a free water bottle, be entered into a raffle, and receive a lollipop or chewing gum for those that turn in their pack of cigarettes or can of chew.

Tobacco Prevention Table – Alaska Native Medical Center near the gift shop

  • Educational information with raffle prizes, water bottles, quit kits, a chance to win a cold turkey, lollipop or chewing gum for those that turn in a pack of cigarettes or can of chew, and interactive games and coloring activities for children.

SCF Resource Tables and Turkey Bowling – Alaska Native Primary Care Center Lobby (*event begins at 11:30 a.m.)

  • Turkey Bowling, prize drawings and educational information tables including Breast & Cervical Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Diabetes information, Dinner Makes a Difference Program, Heart Health, Lose to Win, and MYAK Wellness.

For more information contact the Tobacco Prevention Program at

The ANTHC Tobacco Prevention Program provides free resources to all Alaskans as they work to improve their health. If you know someone or if you are interested in quitting tobacco, contact the ANTHC Tobacco Prevention Program at (907) 729-4343. ANTHC provides free pharmacotherapy (nicotine gum, lozenge, and patches), one-on-one consultation with a certified tobacco treatment specialist, assistance with a quit plan and follow-up support.

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