Over the course of two years, Louisiana’s adult smoking rate has decreased by 1.6 percent – dropping from 23.5 percent of adult smokers in 2013 to 21.9 percent in 2015.
“Louisiana continues to make progress in our fight against tobacco’s influence across the state thanks to our network of free quit resources and partners, parish and city smoke-free ordinances and the recent tobacco tax increases,” said Tonia Moore, Director of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL). “More than 11,000 smokers in Louisiana have called the 1-800-QUIT-NOW Quitline since January 2015 to get free help on kicking the habit. However, Louisiana has a long way to go before we see greater declines in smoking among adults and youth.”
On Thursday, November 17th, TFL’s Regional Managers and partner organizations will host numerous events across the state to encourage tobacco users to quit and provide encouragement and free resources in celebration of the Great American Smokeout (GASO). GASO, created by the American Cancer Society, is an annual national event held the third Thursday of November to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and stop smoking that day.
Additionally, Moore visited WAFB-TV along with Dr. Rani Whitfield, the Hip Hop Doc, to discuss GASO and cessation options available across the state. View the clip here.
View the full list of events and cessation information here.