DHHS Urges Residents to Breathe Easier by Becoming an EX During Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP) is challenging all smokers who want to quit to try again this month in conjunction with Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the Great American Smoke Out (GASO) on November 20th.


Smoking-related lung cancers are the number one killer cancer in America. In fact, lung cancer accounts for 28% of all cancer deaths in the United States; more Americans lose their lives to lung cancer every year than breast, prostate, and colon cancers combined. While 70% of smokers want to quit, many lack the tools and resources they need to quit for good. Consequently, they will try an average of 8-11 times before they quit long-term. The TPCP is encouraging residents to celebrate the American Cancer Society’s GASO by learning how to Become An EX and quit smoking for good.


“In NH, 781 people died from lung cancer in 2005”, said Director of Public Health Dr. José Montero. “That is why it is vital to continue to put efforts into proven cessation programs like the EX® program, that teaches smokers how to re-learn their life without cigarettes and so that smokers who want to quit are armed with all the tools and resources to help them do so.”


The EX campaign is a program aimed at those who continue to struggle with quitting smoking by identifying their triggers and helping them re-learn life without cigarettes. EX campaign provides smokers with free, state of the art information and online tools.


“We hope through the EX program we will start to see a decline in the incidence of lung cancer,” stated Montero, “and subsequently a drop in the huge social and economic burden this has on New Hampshire and the rest of the country.”


The following is a list of some of the events planned in New Hampshire to recognize and celebrate the GASO on Thursday, November 20.


The DHHS, Department of Corrections (DOC), and CoRe Coalition from Belknap County and Breathe NH are hosting an event at the Laconia Prison; it’s part of an on-going Prison Project to reach out to tobacco users in the prison population.


Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities and Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Keene, NH are sponsoring a “Mobile Butt Swap” again this year. Tobacco users are invited to swap their tobacco products for a week’s worth of nicotine patches or gum at Home Depot from 2 to 2:30, Wal-Mart from 3:30 to 4 or at the Keene Community Kitchen from 5:30 to 6 on Wednesday, November 19th or in the lobby of Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene from 7 to 3 p.m. on November 20th.


The Sanborn/Timberlane Safe and Drug Free Community Coalition's Tobacco Free Program will be working with Timberlane Regional High School to promote the GASO to area youth. Along with the Student Assistance Program they will provide activities, demonstrating what tobacco does to lungs, and have several displays and informational handouts at the school cafeteria throughout the day.


The Coos County Coalition and the Northern Grafton County Coalition will distribute American Cancer Society GASO materials in regional schools and will be putting up displays in several community heath and medical offices.


For more information about the EX program, visit www.BecomeAnEx.org. To learn more about quitting tobacco call 1-800-Try-To-Stop (1-800-879-8678) or visit www.trytostopnh.org