The Great American Smokeout, an American Cancer Society event

The Great American Smokeout, an American Cancer Society event

Los Angeles Centers Alcohol and Drug Abuse (L.A. CADA) supports its patients and personnel to improve their overall health by encouraging everyone to live nicotine free.  We have partnered with the State of California Tobacco Control Program and University of California San Francisco Smoking Cessation Leadership Center to decrease smoking rates and increase the number of personnel who can help our patients quit smoking.

On Thursday, November 19th, join the thousands of people across the nation to be a part of the Great American Smokeout, an American Cancer Society event.  The purpose of this event is to bring awareness of the dangers of smoking and the importance of taking your first step toward a healthier lifestyle.

“Smoking causes an estimated 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths, and more than 16 million Americans live with a smoking-related disease.”

We acknowledge that quitting smoking is not easy. Together, we can use this day as the start to a healthier journey.  The Great American Smokeout can be a day of awareness, to plan, and access available resources for support.

Nicotine is the drug in tobacco that causes physical and mental dependence affecting brain chemistry and emotions.  This is why L.A. CADA offers its patients smoking cessation education, linkage to resources, and medication assisted treatment which includes nicotine replacement therapy to help the patient build skills to cope with quitting and address cravings. Like with any other addiction to a substance, getting help increases the chances of success.  Today is a good day to quit.  Your body will immediately thank you: within 20 minutes of quitting, your heart rate and blood pressure will drop; within a few days after quitting, your carbon monoxide levels in your blood will drop to normal.

 

California Smokers’ Helpline 1-800-NO-BUTTS

Talk to a Quit Coach via phone call, text message, or live chat. Get connected to local programs and download free resources including the No Butts + No Vapes mobile apps.
https://www.nobutts.org/free-services

Smoking Cessation Leadership Center

Tobacco cessation information
https://smokingcessationleadership.ucsf.edu/ready-quit

American Cancer Society Hotline: 1-800-227-2345

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