The DeKalb County Health Department observes the annual Great American Smokeout
on Thursday, November 16, to help support the American Cancer Society’s initiatives. The
American Cancer Society, along with the DeKalb County Health Department encourages
community members to use the date to make a plan to quit smoking. The Great American
Smokeout is recognized as an annual day to spotlight the benefits of quitting smoking and to support current smokers to kick the habit permanently by making a plan to gradually quit smoking.
Great American Smokeout is always on the third Thursday of November. In conjunction with the Great American Smokeout, the Health Department is promoting the Center for Disease (CDC) campaign, Tips from Former Smokers, beginning this week and
going through the spring. Campaign ads will run on various media including Comcast Spotlight, movie theater advertisements, bus advertisements and more. During these advertisements, community members will be reminded to call the call the Illinois
Tobacco Quitline (1-866-QUIT-YES / 1-866-784-8937). The Quitline offers free, convenient, and confidential counseling throughout the quitting process by trained respiratory therapists and nurses. Visit The American Cancer Society’s page on the Great American Smokeout here.