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The Great American Smokeout Hits Hawaii Encouraging Smokers To Quit!

Kauai:The Kauai Coalition for A Tobacco-Free Hawaii is encouraging Kauai establishments to implement a one-day "no Electronic Smoking Devices" policy on November 18 th in celebration of Great American Smokeout.  Then, at Tobacco-Free Kauai's annual meeting, November 19 th, they will honor and celebrate businesses that choose to participate in the Great American Smokeout.  The annual meeting will be a pau hana from 5:00-6:30pm.  Location TBD.  Email vsaiki@tobaccofreehawaii.org for more information.

Maui:The Maui Coalition for A Tobacco-Free Hawaii will be celebrating Great American Smokeout at the University of Hawaii Maui Campus.  There will be a Health Fair from 11am-1pm outside the Paina Cafe.  A Campus Clean-up will follow from 2:30-3:30pm with MEO Youth.  Meet outside the Paina Cafe.  Festivities will end with a screening of the documentary, Addiction Incorporated, which exposes Big Tobacco and the effects of nicotine. The film will be shown beginning at 4pm at UHMC – Pilina Building, Student Lounge.

East Hawaii:The Coalition for A Tobacco-Free Hawaii East Hawaii will screen the documentary  Addiction Incorporated on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm at UH Hilo.  They will be handing out Quit Smoking Resource kits to pass out to family members, friends and/or co-workers on Great American Smokeout (11/21/13).  They will also be announcing the winners of their "Keep Me Smoke-Free, It's the Law" poster contest for high school students in grades 9-12 in East Hawaii.  To reserve seats to the movie of for more information contact Sally Ancheta at sally@tobaccofreehawaii.org or call 936-2686

The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline programs (phone and online) provide personalized help for Hawaii's smokers, families and loved ones of tobacco users, and healthcare professionals who may want specific information on quit-smoking medications and services available to help their patients quit.  All phone and online participants receive information and materials – and some may be referred to additional cessation groups or related programs in their local communities if they are interested in connecting with other tobacco users in a small, confidential setting.

Specially trained Quitline Coaches work with individuals one-on-one to develop Quit Plans that are custom made to fit their lifestyle and needs.  Plans include identifying triggers to smoking, real-world ideas on how to deal with cravings and sincere support as participants move through the program toward their goals.  "The Quitline has been a great success here in Hawaii. We hope that the addition of the new Online Coaching program will make it even more convenient for more of Hawaii's smokers to give the Quitline a try!" said Valerie Smalley, Quitline Coach for 8 Years.

For more information, please visit clearthesmoke.org or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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