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Great American Smokeout

Great American Smokeout

For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November.  The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for smokers to commit to healthy, smoke -free lives – not just for a day, but year round. The Great American Smokeout provides an opportunity for individuals, community groups, businesses, health care providers, and others to encourage people to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and initiate a smoking cessation plan on the day of the event . The Great American Smokeout event challenges people to stop smoking and helps people learn about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit.

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CYAN supports Great American Smokeout events on college and university campuses to increase awareness of tobacco-related issues as well as to promote tobacco treatment services. On Great American Smokeout, we ask that people quit tobacco for the day (or even better— for good!)

When is the Great American Smokeout?

The Great American Smokeout is traditionally held on the third Thursday of November; however, your campus might choose to plan the event on a different day to accommodate your campus calendar. Great American Smokeout is on November 15, 2018.


Great American Smokeout Webinar

The College Team hosted a webinar on Wednesday, October 24th at 11AM PT. This webinar featured innovative ideas for your Great American Smokeout event on campus and facilitated a discussion and sharing of event ideas between participants.  We discussed the rising popularity of new and emerging products such as e-cigarettes and JUUL and how your campus can reach out to e-cigarette and JUUL users during your event. In addition, the Clinical Director from the California Smokers' Helpline will join us to discuss using Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRTs) to quit electronic smoking devices.

Great American Smokeout Event Toolkit and Cigarette Butt Pick-Up Kit

CYAN is pleased to provide an Event Toolkit which offers event and tobacco treatment program ideas and resources. Please click below to download the 2018 Event Toolkit, and if you’ll be conducting a cigarette butt pick-up event, the 2018 Cigarette Butt Pick-Up Kit can be found below as well.

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Educational Materials

Posters, flyers, fact cards, and other educational materials are available free of charge to help promote tobacco cessation on your campus. If you would like these additional materials for your Great American Smokeout and other events on campus, please click below.

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If you would like to request educational materials to from the California Smokers’ Helpline, visit here. You can request materials directly from the Helpline. The California Smokers’ Helpline provides free support for individuals in California to quit tobacco. For more information about the helpline, please visit

Earlier Event: September 13
Truth Initiative College Grant - $20k Grant
Later Event: January 8
CA Tobacco-Free Colleges Conference