Great American Smokeout

Great American Smokeout - November 2017 Topic

Great American Smokeout

November 16, 2017 - Mark Your Calendars!

MaineDOT is participating in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 16, 2017!

The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for everyone to commit to healthy, tobacco-free lives – not just for a day, but year around. We are here to support you.

Tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States and causes about 1 out of 5 deaths in the US annually. If someone you know uses tobacco, encourage them to make a plan to quit. Ask them to get help and support by contacting the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visiting their site at

  • Quick Tips
  • Smoking Cessation Benefits
  • Resources

18 Quick Tips To Staying Healthy

  1. Spend as much free time as you can in public places where smoking is not allowed.
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  3. Take extra care of yourself. Drink water, eat well, and get enough sleep. This could help you have the energy you might need to handle extra stress.
  4. Try to avoid alcohol, coffee, or any other drinks you link with smoking. Try a different low- or no-calorie option instead.
  5. If you miss the feeling of having a cigarette in your hand, hold something else, like a pencil, a paper clip, a coin, or a marble.
  6. If you miss the feeling of having something in your mouth, try toothpicks, cinnamon sticks, sugarless gum, sugar-free lollipops, or celery.
  7. Avoid temptation by staying away from activities, people, and places you link with smoking.
  8. Make a list of the important reasons you’ve decided to quit, and keep this list with you to continually remind yourself.
  9. Take deep breaths to relax. Picture your lungs filling with fresh, clean air.
  10. Remember your goal and the fact that the urge to smoke will lessen over time.
  11. Think about how awesome it is that you’re quitting smoking and getting healthy. If you start to waver, remember your goal.
  12. Remember that quitting is a learning process. Be patient with yourself.
  13. Brush your teeth and enjoy that fresh taste.
  14. Exercise in short bursts. Try alternately tensing and relaxing muscles, push-ups, lunges, walking up the stairs, or touching your toes.
  15. Call a friend, family member, or the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 when you need support.
  16. Eat 4 to 6 small meals during the day instead of 1 or 2 large ones. This keeps your blood sugar levels steady, your energy balanced, and helps prevent the urge to smoke. Avoid sugary or spicy foods that could trigger a desire to smoke.
  17. Reward yourself for doing your best.
  18. Know that anger, frustration, anxiety, irritability, and even depression are normal after quitting and will get better as you learn ways to cope that don’t involve tobacco and the effects of nicotine subside over time.
  19. Go for a walk. Exercise can improve your mood and relieve stress.

Smoking Cessation Benefits at a Glance

Program Who Is Eligible Highlights
State of Maine Health Plan
Anthem: 1-844-273-4614
Express Scripts: 1-800-595-0817
Members of the Plan
  • Unlimited tobacco cessation counseling visits covered 100% with an in-network provider
  • First two 90-day treatment regimens for certain medications are provided at no cost to you
Medicare Advantage Plan
Aetna: 1-888-267-2637
Members of the Medicare Advantage Plan Two quit attempts within a 12-month period. Each attempt includes four face-to-face counseling visits.
Living Resources Program
1-844-207-LINK (5465)
Available 24/7
Visit our website for a list of covered employees/retirees Provides short-term counseling with a licensed mental health provider. In addition to tobacco cessation, other common types of issues are depression, anxiety, addiction, grief/loss, etc. State of Maine employees, retirees and household members are eligible for up to 5 counseling visits per year at no cost to you.
Members of the State of Maine Health Plan Provides easy access to a variety of wellness programs including tobacco cessation.
The Maine Tobacco HelpLine
  • Free
  • Confidential
  • Offers positive and supportive messages
  • Offers personal support geared to your life
  • All done by phone
American Cancer Society; The Great American Smokeout Everyone
  • Guide to Quitting Smoking
  • What are the Benefits of Quitting?
  • Desktop Helpers
  • Resources and Tools
  • ...and MUCH more!
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
  • Call for free help
  • Read the Quit Guide
  • Sign up for free texts to get free quit help texted to your phone Everyone Get on the path to a healthier you! Learn about the health benefits if you quit smoking right now. 
American Lung Association; Freedom From Smoking Program
1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872)
  • Designed for adults who are ready to quit smoking
  • Small group counseling sessions
  • Also offers an online program
American Lung Association; "We support the Quitter In You"
1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872)
  • Quitting tips for you and to help someone else quit smoking
  • Learn from others who have quit
  • Inspirational videos