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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 supports tobacco users in committing to healthy, tobacco-free lives – not just for a day, but year round. Great American Smokeout events provide an opportunity for individuals, college campuses, 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 tobacco cessation plan on the day of the event . Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people learn about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit.


CYAN supports Great American Smokeout events on California college and university campuses to increase awareness of tobacco-related issues as well as to promote tobacco treatment services.

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 21, 2019.


Great American Smokeout Webinar

October 29, 2019
10:00am - 11:00am

This webinar will feature innovative ideas for your Great American Smokeout event on campus and facilitated a discussion and sharing of event ideas between participants.  We will discuss the rising popularity of new and emerging products and how your campus can reach out to student tobacco users during your event.

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. Materials for the 2019 event will be available soon. Please click below to download 2018 event materials.

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. Note: You will be redirected to the website for ordering.

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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