Be a quitter. Today is the Great American Smokeout!

In case you didn’t know, today is the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout! That means people around the country are taking the first steps towards tobacco free living. Here at the Center, we are taking a different angle. Our training crew is down in Bakersfield working with the local tobacco coalition and teaching them how to take the steps toward a tobacco free Kern County.

So, what are you doing to celebrate the Great American Smokeout? Are you helping a friend or family member quit smoking? Or maybe you are quitting yourself? Maybe you are even busy educating your community on tobacco use and tobacco related diseases. Whatever you are doing, thanks for celebrating with us!

For more information on the Great American Smokeout, check out the blurb below:

Smoking is one of the rare things in life when it’s OK to be a quitter. In fact, it’s more than OK; it can add years to your life. Quitting may take more than one try, and it’s not easy, but it can be done. Make the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout® – November 15, 2012 –the date you quit tobacco for good. Setting a quit date allows you to plan how you’ll quit and make any necessary preparations. It also lets others know when you’re planning to quit, so they help you through the rough spots.

For questions regarding the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

If you or a loved one wants more information on how to quit smoking, click here.

–Erin Reynoso


  1. Jeff Wolsfeld
    Posted Nov 16, 2012 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    Hey there, we were unable to host a booth at our local community college so we sent up a booth at our Open Door Community Health Center near the college and handed out 25 Quit Kits. What was really great is we connected with a student on the Student Advisory Council who needed help with convincing the Advisory Council to adopt a smoke free policy for the campus. We invited her to be part of our coalition and she accepted. She took quit kits to three of the Council members who have been opposed to such a policy because they smoke. We have now been invited to host an informational booth at the college.

  2. Posted Nov 16, 2012 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    Wow, this is really great stuff, Jeff. I love that you are taking something like the Great American Smokeout a step farther by educating decision makers on smokefree policy! This is awesome!

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