Division of NH Public Health Services Recognizes the 36th Great American Smokeout

Concord, NH — The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) in conjunction with the

City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services and City of

Manchester Health Department recognizes the 36th Great American Smokeout on

Thursday, November 17, 2011. This event, which is sponsored by the American

Cancer Society, encourages tobacco users to quit for at least a day in the

hope that this might challenge them to stop permanently.


It is estimated that 1,700 New Hampshire adults die each year from smoking;

and another 160 adult non-smokers will die from exposure to secondhand

smoke. Annual health care costs in New Hampshire directly caused by smoking

come in at $554 million. It is therefore important that New Hampshire

public health officials help residents quit tobacco and provide cessation

resources.


DPHS currently offers free counseling and nicotine replacement patches to

residents who call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or self-refer via the web to the NH

Tobacco Helpline’s website (www.TryToStopNH.org ). The Helpline provides

no-cost counseling and encouragement for quitting tobacco use to all New

Hampshire residents. According to the 2010 National Adult Tobacco Survey,

64% of New Hampshire residents who smoke report wanting to quit.


“Smoking is the number one preventable cause of death and disease in New

Hampshire, causing harm to nearly every organ in the body,” said Dr. José

Montero, Director of Public Health at DPHS. “It is vital that we encourage

people who use tobacco in New Hampshire to want to quit and offer any

support and cessation services that we can.”


Both the City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services

and the City of Manchester Health Department have received grants from DPHS

to establish the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program in their respective

cities and have worked to encourage New Hampshire residents to quit

smoking. For information or free support in quitting, call the NH Tobacco

Helpline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) or visit www.TryToStopNH.org .

Visit www.cancer.org  for more information on the Great American Smokeout.

For more information about the New Hampshire Tobacco Prevention and Control

Program or Nashua or Manchester Health Departments, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov,

www.NashuaNH.Gov , or www.manchesternh.gov .