November 14, 2017

‘NOBODY QUITS LIKE CHICAGOLAND’ RETURNS, ASKING SMOKERS ACROSS THE REGION TO COMMIT TO QUIT

Chicago region’s fourth Annual Smoking Cessation Awareness Week with events November 12th-17th

Contact: Erica Duncan

Erica.Duncan@cityofchicago.org

312-747-9599

 

CHICAGO – November 14, 2017 – The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced the return of “Nobody Quits Like Chicagoland,” a week of activities to promote smoking cessation across the city and suburbs. Now in its fourth year, more than 25 advocacy organizations across the city and suburbs have signed on to this effort, hosting events aimed helping people throughout the region quit smoking.

Tobacco remains the most preventable cause of disease and death in the United States. According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the U.S., with 50,000 deaths of nonsmokers each year from exposure to second hand smoke.

Chicago has long been a leader for its work to reduce smoking-related diseases and deaths. On July 1, 2016, the minimum age to purchase tobacco products in Chicago increased from 18 to 21. This law protects young people who are more vulnerable to nicotine addiction, and are also targeted by the tobacco industry with marketing and products designed to lure youth.

“While Chicago has taken major steps to reduce tobacco use and raise awareness on the importance to quit smoking, more can and must be done,” said CDPH Commissioner Julie Morita, M.D. “Year after year, ‘Nobody Quits Like Chicagoland’ provides an important opportunity to connect smokers with the resources to help them quit and educate others as to why they should never start."

Throughout the week, partners will host a variety of programs across the city and suburbs to raise awareness of the dangers of tobacco products and provide resources and support to those who want to quit. Each day will address a different focus area, and a full list of events is available at https://www.facebook.com/groups/124164108254036/.

Sunday, Nov. 12 – Smoke Free Faith Day

Monday, Nov. 13 – Kick Butts out of the Home

Tuesday, Nov. 14 – Social Media Day

Wednesday, Nov. 15 – Behavioral Health Tobacco Recovery Day

Thursday, Nov. 16 – Great American Smoke Out

Friday, Nov. 17 – TGIF with LGBTQ focused events

Partners in this effort include:

· Advocate Medical Group

· Aetna

· American Cancer Society

· American Heart Association

· American Lung Association

· Asian Health Coalition

· Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

· Center for Asian Health Equity

· Chicago Board of Health

· Chicago Department of Public Health

· Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition

· Chicago Housing Authority

· Cook County Department of Public Health

· DuPage County Health Department

· Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc.

· Highland Park Hospital

· Howard Brown Health Center

· Illinois Academy of Family Physicians

· Illinois Department of Public Health

· Kane County Local Health Department

· KLEO Community Family Life Center

· Lake County Health Department

· Loretto Hospital

· North Shore Univ. Health System

· Northwestern Medicine- Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

· Northern IL Public Health Consortium

· Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth (OCCHY)

· Pfizer

· Presence Health

· Respiratory Health Association

· Rush University Medical Center

· Trinity Health - Mercy Hospital

· Will County Health Department

The Illinois Tobacco Quitline is another resource for those looking to quit. It offers a variety of services from information sessions to in-depth counseling sessions. As a result of “Nobody Quits Like Chicagoland” in years past, the Quitline has seen a substantial increase in callers. In 2015, the Quitline had 59 callers totaling 110 total calls for the duration of the ‘Nobody Quits like Chicagoland’ week. In 2016, those numbers jumped to 125 and 240, respectively. For more information, call 1-866-QUIT-YES or visit quityes.org.

The public is encouraged to engage on social media using the hashtag #ChiQuits. Messages will be shared throughout Chicago using the City’s digital billboard network, including a commitment from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois to display campaign messaging with their building lights -#ChiQuits. In addition, CDPH is running their annual cessation campaign which includes digital, cable, social media messaging and print advertisement.

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