Thursday, November 8, 2018

Cleveland County— The TSET (Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust) Healthy Living Program serving Cleveland County is encouraging tobacco users to participate in the Great American Smokeout challenge on Nov. 15. The Great American Smokeout (GASO) is an annual event that supports a day-long cessation effort. This step can propel people toward a healthier life free of tobacco.

The TSET Healthy Living Program is sharing the services of the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline which provides free services to help tobacco users quit their own way. Throughout Cleveland County pedestrians and drivers will see yards signs with information about these free services. These services include free text and email support, phone and web coaching, patches, gum, lozenges, and more for registered participants. Registrants can talk to personal Quit Coaches about their individual needs, choose from a variety of services and get started on a path toward a tobacco-free life.

"GASO is the perfect time to learn more about the Helpline and get tips and tools that can help you quit tobacco your way," said Sara Raney, manager for the TSET Healthy Living Program, serving Cleveland County."By quitting even for one day, smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk. In Cleveland County, we are hopeful that encouraging the community to become tobacco and smoke-free will be a step in the right direction for a healthier lifestyle.”

According to Tobacco Stops with Me, cigarette smoking kills approximately 480,000 Americans each year. Cigarette smoking is the source of a long list of chronic diseases, including COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer. Smoking has also been shown to cause infertility and peptic ulcer disease, as well as slow the healing of wounds. It’s the leading cause of preventable illness and death in the United States.

To learn more about the services offered by the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline and to speak with professional Quit Coaches, call 800-784-8669 or visit OKhelpline.com.

Connect with the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline through social media by liking the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline on Facebook or following @OKhelpline on Twitter and Instagram. Find more quitting tips at http://okhelpline.com/start-small-finish-big/. Great American Smokeout participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #GASO.

Information: 1-800-QUIT NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit OKhelpline.com.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline is a free service for Oklahomans wanting to quit tobacco. Funding is primarily provided by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET), in partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Oklahoma Employees Group Insurance Division and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline has served more than 300,000 Oklahomans since 2003 and was ranked the top quitline for reaching tobacco users seeking treatment in FY2013 by the North American Quitline Consortium.

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) serves as a partner and bridge builder for organizations working towards shaping a healthier future for all Oklahomans. TSET provides leadership at the intersections of health by working with local coalitions and initiatives across the state, by cultivating innovative and life-changing research, and by working across public and private sectors to develop, support, implement and evaluate creative strategies to take advantage of emerging opportunities to improve the public’s health. TSET – Better Lives Through Better Health. To learn more go to: www.tset.ok.gov.