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Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center promotes “30 Tobacco Free Days” during Tobacco Free Living Month

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Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center

The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) is supporting the “30 Tobacco Free Days” event hosted in partnership by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health, Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The goal of the event, which is being promoted on Facebook, is to encourage military service members, veterans and their family members to quit using tobacco products. The Facebook event offers encouragement, motivation and tools to support quitting tobacco and to remain tobacco free throughout the month of November.

The military and veterans have historically used tobacco products (cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, and smokeless tobacco such as chew, spit, and dip) at higher rates than the U.S. adult population. This makes NMCPHC’s Tobacco Free Living month in November a perfect time to promote the CDC, DoD and VA partnership towards tobacco cessation. In addition to promoting “30 Tobacco Free Days”, NMCPHC shares encouraging and informational messaging all month long on both Facebook and Twitter. There is also a Tobacco Free Living Toolbox online providing resources to anyone promoting or interested in tobacco cessation. Check out those resources here: https://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/health-promotion/Pages/hp-toolbox-november.aspx

“The Navy is promoting this event as another strategy to encourage tobacco free living,” according to Dr. Mark Long, Health Promotion Tobacco Program Manager at NMCPHC. “There are many effective ways to quit and stay quit,” says Long, “and the use of Facebook and social media offers another viable way for those interested in quitting.”

The NMCPHC Tobacco Free Living website has a list of materials, resources and tools to assist with tobacco cessation.

https://www.med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/health-promotion/tobacco-free-living/Pages/Tobacco-ForYouSelfHelp.aspx

Please join the CDC’s “30 Tobacco Free Days” event and encourage your friends, family members and shipmates to participate. https://www.facebook.com/events/1880713211977321/

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