For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. It’s an opportunity for people who smoke to commit to healthy, smoke-free lives – not just for a day, but year round. The Tobacco Free Adagio Health team marked the day by leading and taking part in Great American Smokeout events throughout Allegheny County and southwestern Pennsylvania.
Events in Pittsburgh's East End
In Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhoods, Tobacco Free Adagio Health was proud to see the East Pittsburgh borough pass a Young Lungs at Play policy, while also recognizing the Great American Smokeout at their local Senior Citizens Center. Tobacco Free Adagio Health Policy Coordinator, Grant Young and other staff also met with 30 East End community members who expressed an interest in quitting smoking.
Wilkinsburg Proclamation Ceremony
Wilkinsburg Mayor Marita Garrett joined Casey Monroe, Adagio Health Senior Director of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention and Adagio Health President and CEO, BJ Leber for a proclamation ceremony in recognition of the importance of cessation efforts and tobacco free policies that promote the health of all residents in Wilkinsburg.
View the Wilkinsburg Proclamation
Montour Middle School Vaping Presentation
Pictured: Carlyn Becker
Hannah Cristofano, TFAH AC Youth Services Coordinator along with AC Health Educator, Carlyn Becker visited Montour middle school and present to 75 students on the importance of TPC and how not to start smoking/vaping. During the presentation students were encouraged to share their personal experiences and how to support family and friends who have been affected negatively by the use of nicotine.
Steel Valley High School Tobacco Resistance Unit (TRU)
Steel Valley High School’s TRU group created a video about the dangers of vaping and presented it to middle school students. High school TRU members also walked the halls handing out lollipops and literature (supplied by Tobacco Free Adagio Health) to both high school and middle school students.
Portage High School Events
Portage High School celebrated the Great American Smokeout all week long with five days of events focused on both quitting and never starting tobacco or nicotine products.
Somerset County Commissioners implemented new tobacco-free policies in honor of the Great American Smokeout.
View the Somerset Proclamation