Telephone Coaching Helps Quit Tobacco

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The Great American Smokeout, is Thursday, Nov. 20. This event challenges people to start the quit process by joining thousands of other Americans in quitting for the day, and also raises awareness of effective quit resources.

Last year 2.3 million smokers quit for the entire day. At the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Tobacco Education and Prevention (ADHS BTEP) we can help you quit for the day and for a lifetime. Arizonan's now have the choice of free telephone cessation coaches in English or Spanish at 1-800-55-66-222 and services at ashline.org . This website is designed to help users better access tools and services to help them successfully quit.

Benefits include:

* No charge for support services
* No insurance required

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"This year, more than ever, I urge smokers to join the Great American Smokeout," said Bureau of Tobacco Education and Prevention Bureau Chief, Wayne Tormala, referring to the American Cancer Society's annual smokeout event challenge on Nov. 20. "Regardless of your motivation, this is a golden opportunity for you to join a powerful local and national movement for positive lifestyle change.

What could be better than a personal cessation coach? The Arizona Department of Health Services is paving the way for a healthier future for all Arizonans. Our health is one of the most important investments we can make for our futures."

Informational booths on quitting tobacco in Maricopa County will be available at the following Banner Hospitals, Banner Baywood, Banner Desert, Banner Estrella, Banner Gateway, Banner Good Samaritan, Banner Heart and Banner Thunderbird.

The following community colleges will also have booths available: Chandler Gilbert, Gateway, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, and Phoenix.

Arizona State University West and Arizona State University Polytechnic will also be participating.

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