Did you know seven out of 10 people who use tobacco products want to quit? The third Thursday of November has been an opportunity for people who smoke to commit to healthy tobacco-free lives for more than 40 years. Hosted by the American Cancer Society, The Great American Smokeout (GASO) challenges people who smoke to commit to healthy smoke-free lives, not just for a day, but year-round. Quitting can be intimidating, but support from employers and the community make it much easier.
2020 has brought many unique challenges for businesses, yet 17 businesses across Lincoln have joined #GASOLNK in an effort to encourage their employees and the community to quit tobacco. Tobacco Free Lancaster County, along with business leaders in the community, created the #GASOLNK Resource Guide to offer easy-to-share resources, encouraging messages, and virtual activities to support tobacco quit attempts across Lincoln. Visit TobaccoFreeLancasterCounty.org to learn more.
Businesses and organizations that have strong tobacco-free policies, which include cessation support for their employees, are one of the best ways to reduce tobacco use in our community. TFLC is proud to announce that Speedway Motors is the 2020 #GASOLNK Tobacco-Free Business Champion. Not only has Speedway Motors been a tobacco-free campus for 15 years, they also demonstrate a commitment to supporting and encouraging quit attempts with tobacco cessation classes, resources and tools, and making sure to check in with employees that they know are on the tobacco-free journey.
Ask your employer what support they offer for quitting tobacco or call the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline for free resources. Quitting tobacco can be a process, but it's worth it. "Even if you have tried to quit in the past, but slipped up, you learned something from that experience, and that knowledge can be put toward another try," said Tiffany Quicke, Tobacco Free Lancaster County President.
The Nebraska Tobacco Quitline is offering a free two-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy to all qualified callers. Cessation counseling and medication are both effective for treating nicotine dependence but combining the two has been shown to increase the success rate.
For help quitting, the Nebraska Tobacco Quitline is available at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669), and for Spanish services at 1-855-DÉJELO-YA (1-855-335-3569). Translation services are also available in more than 200 languages.
If your business or organization would like assistance implementing or improving a tobacco-free policy, please contact the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department at 402-441-4108.