Health Promotion Office hosts the Great American Smokeout at UH Mānoa

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Lisa A. Kehl, (808) 956-8060
Peer Educator, University Health Services Manoa
Kristen Scholly, (808) 956-4493
HP Section Chair, University Health Services Manoa
Posted: Nov 10, 2011

Every year 443,000 people in the United States die of tobacco related illnesses and 3,000 non-smokers die of lung cancer due to second-hand smoke exposure. In response to this serious health concern, the Health Promotion Office of University Health Services - Mānoa is hosting their annual “Great American Smokeout” health fair on Thursday, November 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at UH Mānoa Campus Center.
The Great American Smokeout is an annual nationwide event created by the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to use November 17 as the day to quit smoking or to make a plan to quit smoking. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life.
The Great American Smokeout provides an atmosphere for sharing and learning about alternatives to smoking through healthy lifestyle choices and showcases the various services and resources available on the Mānoa campus and within the community. Community and campus organizations will be volunteering to help educate students about the effects of tobacco through interactive games and displays. There will also be free giveaways and other prizes.
This year’s theme is Clean Air, Clean `Aina and participants include: the Hawai‘i Tobacco Quitline, Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Hawai‘i, UH Mānoa School of Dental Hygiene, UH Mānoa Public Health Hui Ola Pono, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, REAL, and Waikīkī Health Center. In addition, the Hawai‘i Bone Marrow Donor Registry and the Blood Bank of Hawai‘i will be participating and music will be provided by KTUH.