Health and Wellness
2018 Great American Smokeout®
The annual Great American Smokeout® in November encourages those who smoke to make a plan to quit or plan in advance and quit smoking on that day. WIC agencies and clinics can use this opportunity to help educate participants on the dangers of smoking and/or encourage them to take part in the Smokeout by stop using tobacco. There are a number of resources to help WIC staff with their efforts.
Smokefree.gov (and the sub-sites for women, teens, and Spanish speakers) provides information about the different types of tobacco products and a wide-range of resources to help people quit smoking, including:
- The SmokefeeMOM texting program for pregnant women that provides free, 24/7 encouragement, tips and advice
- A Pregnancy & Motherhood section that provides articles, tips and advice
- Smokefree apps that offer free, 24/7 personalized support based on each person's smoking patterns, moods, motivation to quit, and quitting goals.
- A link to the Smokefree Woman Facebook page, an online community to help woman get support with, and share stories about, giving up smoking
- An online, interactive tool to help smokers create their own Quit Plan
- A free, online chat feature that connects users with a specialist from the National Cancer Institute…and much more!
BeTobaccoFree.gov compiles CDC, FDA and other agencies' resources that provide:
- Information on the dangers and health effects of electronic cigarettes and secondhand smoke
- Downloadable handouts on topics such as Woman and Smoking and Smoking and Reproduction
- A list of smoking prevention campaigns, each geared toward a specific audience
On the WIC Works Resource System, search “smoking” to find additional resources, including: