Great American Smokeout® Health Improvement Challenge

Every year, smokers across the nation participate in the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout by smoking less or quitting for the day on the third Thursday of November. The event challenges people to stop using tobacco and raises awareness of the many effective ways to quit for good.

Our Great American Smokeout employer toolkit involves pairing a smoker with a non-smoking partner or “buddy” who will support them throughout the day as they try to remain smoke-free. Participants are encouraged to sign up in pairs to ensure the smoker is comfortable and friendly with the person who will assist them throughout the day.

Getting Started

Select a program coordinator

As a Program Coordinator, you are taking on a gratifying role of supporting and promoting wellness initiatives at the worksite. The Program Coordinator should be someone who can devote the time required to implement and promote this program to ensure a successful outcome.

The Program Coordinator is the person who will set up and advertise the Great American Smokeout challenge throughout the workplace. The handouts and resources should be used to help educate your employees about the effects of smoking and the benefits of quitting.

Promote the program

Promotional information is included to help you spread the word about this exciting health improvement challenge that is available at your organization.

Tools You Will Need During the Program

Educational handouts and materials

Use these handouts to assist in educating employees about the detriments of smoking and becoming healthier.

Online resource list

Use this list of resources as an additional reference for your employees.

Track and reward your participants!

Contact Information

For more information, please contact your Independence Blue Cross Account Representative.

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