NH DHHS - Celebrates the Great American Smoke Out with NH Universities and Colleges

Concord, NH – In celebration of the 37th Great American Smoke Out (GASO),

the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division

of Public Health Services (DPHS) recognizes the work of New Hampshire

colleges and universities committed to implementing tobacco-free policies

on their campuses. DHHS recognizes the importance of GASO on Thursday,

November 20, 2014. This event, sponsored by the American Cancer Society,

encourages tobacco users to quit for at least one day in the hope that this

might challenge them to stop permanently.

DPHS released a competitive request for proposals for the purpose of

increasing the number of tobacco-free college campuses in New Hampshire.

The contract was awarded to the University System of New Hampshire (USNH)

and the Community College System of New Hampshire (CCSNH). Together, USNH

and CCSNH will work with students and faculty at 23 university and college

campuses across the State to promote and adopt tobacco-free policies that

also address electronic cigarette use indoors and outdoors. The project

will have a positive impact on staff and students and will enhance the

economic health of the system(s). Reducing tobacco on campuses could

prevent a new cohort of lifetime smokers.

Many New Hampshire college and university campuses will be holding events

and offering information about quitting tobacco and the NH Tobacco Helpline

resources (1-800-QUIT-NOW) for the Great American Smoke Out event on

November 20th. DHHS celebrates the collaboration’s current success and


“Across the U.S. and here in New Hampshire we have made great progress in

reducing smoking rates and therefore smoking-related illness and death,”

said Dr. José Montero, “but we still have a responsibility to our youth and

young adults to continue. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, but

quitting has immediate and long-lasting effects. If you use tobacco, it’s

not too late to quit, and the Great American Smoke Out is a great day to


Currently, 16.2% of New Hampshire adults report smoking. According to the

2011 Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco Survey at the University of New Hampshire

Durham campus, 15.3% of students indicated that they smoke every day or

some days, and 18.2% of students indicated that they smoke cigarettes while

drinking alcohol. It is important that New Hampshire institutions of higher

learning help students and residents quit tobacco and provide them with

cessation resources. DPHS currently offers free counseling to all

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.

For more information about the New Hampshire Division of Public Health

Services or the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program visit

www.dhhs.nh.gov . For information about the Great American Smoke Out visit

www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/greatamericansmokeout/index .