Smoking rates are declining nationally, but the battle is far from over.
Every day, roughly 1,300 Americans die
from smoking-related illnesses; that’s 480,000 a year.
This isn’t just a national problem –
the health effects of tobacco disproportionately affect Western Pennsylvanians:
The national average of people who smoke is 17%
In Pennsylvania, 19% of residents smoke
In Allegheny County, 21% (more than 1 in 5) people smoke
From November 11-17, 2018
Tobacco Free Allegheny, along with their partners, will be celebrating the
4th annual Allegheny Quits for Life Cessation Awareness Week!
What is Allegheny Quits for Life?
Allegheny Quits for Life is a week-long series of events and communications designed to support residents’ efforts to quit smoking and using tobacco products. Allegheny Quits for Life partners are critical in conveying the message that a smoke-free Allegheny is a healthier Allegheny, and to secure commitments from Allegheny residents to take the first steps toward quitting.
How Can I Get Involved?
Glad you asked! There are so many ways to be part of Allegheny Quits for Life:
Attend an event
Allegheny Quits for Life partners are hosting free events that are open to the public all week long!
Download the full Schedule of Events here.
Participate in the TRU Scavenger Hunt
The Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU) is a movement throughout all of Pennsylvania to help youth, ages 12 to 18, stay tobacco and nicotine free. To show your support for a #TobaccoFree lifestyle, join us in a scavenger hunt throughout Allegheny County! More information here.
Allegheny Quits for Life is all about sharing the free tobacco education, prevention, and cessation resources throughout Allegheny County.
Download the Social Media Guide.
Here are some ideas to get you started on your own social media accounts:
Tobacco-Free in 280 characters or less
Smoking is not an act of self-care. Nicotine actually makes you more stressed. Make a plan to quit, for life. 1-800-QUIT NOW #AlleghenyQuitsForLife2018 #TobaccoFree #SelfCare
What’s your sign? ♎️ ♓️ ♊️ ♋️ ♐️ 🚭 Smoking is not a personality trait. We can help you quit, for free. #AlleghenyQuitsForLife2018 #TobaccoFree
Your best self is #TobaccoFree. We can help you get there. 1-800-QUIT NOW. #AQ4L
Share your story
Quitting tobacco is really hard, but you did it and others can too.
Please share your quit story with us so that your experiences (no matter how big or small) can live on to encourage and provide support to others.
Submit your Quit Story here!
Quit for life!
Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to improve your health, and research shows that people who prepare to quit are more likely to stay quit. Whatever your needs, there are free resources throughout Allegheny County that can help.
Allegheny Quits for Life partners are critical in conveying the message that a smoke-free Allegheny is a healthier Allegheny. We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all of our current partner organizations (in no particular order):
- PACT: Pennsylvania Alliance to Control Tobacco
- American Lung Association in PA
- St. Clair Hospital
- Consumer Health Coalition
- Humane Animal Rescue
- Pittsburgh Mercy
- Allegheny County Health Department
- Human Services Center Corporation
- The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
- The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
- Live Well Allegheny
- Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
- TRU: Tobacco Resistance Unit Pennsylvania
- Jefferson Community Collaborative
- Lung & Wellness Centers of Western Pennsylvania
- La Palapa Pittsburgh
- Hilltop Pharmacy
- Allegheny Health Network
- Port Authority of Allegheny County
- Giant Eagle
- Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
- City Fit
- Proud Haven
- Allies for Health & Wellbeing