11 | 15 | 2017

The Great American Smokeout

NYC Smoke-Free GASO Events 2017

The Great American Smokeout
The GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT – established by our partners at the American Cancer Society, takes place on the third Thursday of November and smokers all over the nation are encouraged to quit tobacco use for good. 
Every year, GASO events are held all over the country, led by communities and organizations working to provide education and resources and bring more awareness about the dangers of smoking and tobacco use and support those who want to quit. This year, NYC Smoke-Free will be working with partners on GASO events across the 4 boroughs!  Here is a quick peek:
The Bronx office has collaborated with of our major hospitals in the borough, Saint Barnabas Hospital, to launching a PSA created by one of our Reality Check Student Leaders, Jayvonne Hines. We are expecting speakers from Saint Barnabas, NYC City Council, and Truth to highlight GASO and encourage local efforts to combat the tobacco industry.
Where: St. Barnabas Hospital, 4422 Third Ave, Bronx, NY 
When: 4 PM – 6 PM
Our Brooklyn team is partnering with St. Francis College (SFC) on a day-long GASO celebration. The day will start with the “I Want to be a Former Smoker” Health Fair and a screening of the short film Black Lives, Black Lungs, by Lincoln Mondy. After a Tobacco-Free Taco lunch and musical entertainment from SFC and neighboring high school groups, there will be a Lung to Lung Panel, moderated by SFC health care management students with participation by representatives from Roche, Nicotine Anonymous, Brooklyn Borough Hall, and the Brooklyn Office of NYC Smoke-Free.
Where: St. Francis College, 180 Remsen St., Brooklyn, NY 
When: Thursday, November 16th, 10am-3pm.
In Manhattan, we are partnering with Fordham University and the Smoke-Free Campus initiative at their Lincoln Center Campus. We will be providing outreach and education to staff and students and will hold a speakers ceremony about the importance of smoke-free college campuses.
Where: Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, 113 W 60th Street
When: 11 AM – 2 PM
In Queens, we will be collaborating with Senator Toby Ann Stavisky and the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC) to recognize their “Quit Smoking Program”. CBWCHC has been a great resource for the Flushing community and a great partner in tobacco control. For GASO, CBWCHC will be providing assistance to those who need more resources to quit. 
Where: Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, 136-26 37th Ave, Flushing, NY
When: 10 AM – 2 PM
Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the nation, killing over 12,000 New Yorkers annually. As we promote the various GASO events taking place around the city, this is a perfect opportunity to recognize the upcoming 15th Anniversary of the NYC Smoke-Free Air Act of 2002. NYC has come far in efforts to further comprehensive tobacco control and with an overall smoking rate of 13.1% - down 39% since 2002 - we are trending in the right direction.
Happy GASO!