El Paso County Public Health and several partner
agencies are inviting the community to “Smash the Pack” for the Great
American Smokeout on Thursday, November 21 to encourage tobacco users
El Paso County Public Health’s Tobacco Education and Prevention
Partnership program is partnering with Pikes Peak Community College,
Colorado Springs Fire Department, American Cancer Society, KILO (94.3
FM), Clear Channel Communications, Cumulus Media, Penrose-St. Francis
Health Services, Peak Vista Community Health Centers, Fort Carson,
Peterson Air Force Base, and the Tobacco Education Coalition in
recognition of the 38th annual Great American Smokeout.
A “Smash the Pack” event will be at Pikes Peak Community College
(PPCC) Centennial Campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd., on Thursday, Nov. 21
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tobacco users will be encouraged to “Smash the
Pack with Zakk” and fill a container with smashed tobacco products to
signify their commitment to being a good role model and becoming
tobacco free. Zakk, a former tobacco user and radio personality at
KILO (93.4 FM), will also present prizes and giveaways from 3 to 5
p.m. for people who commit to quitting tobacco.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department will offer free health
screenings, which include blood pressure, heart rate, blood sugar and
blood oxygen level screenings. El Paso County Public Health will have
free smoking and chewing tobacco quit kits, and a simulated smoker’s
lungs demonstration. Pikes Peak Community College is hosting the event
and offering light refreshments while supplies last. Prizes from KILO
include a chance to win Monarch Mountain lift tickets, ski and
snowboard tune-ups and rentals, free teeth whitening, CDs, t-shirts
Ideas to get involved with the Great American Smokeout
· If you are a tobacco user, make a plan to quit. If you know
someone who uses tobacco, tell them you care about their health and
would like them to quit using tobacco – even if it’s just for one day.
Quitting is hard, so be the support that could help someone quit
tobacco for good.
· Talk with kids about the dangers of tobacco. If parents don’t
talk with their kids about tobacco, those kids are more likely to use
· If you work in the health care field, talk with your patients
at every visit about tobacco cessation and offer resources and
materials to help, such as the Colorado QuitLine (1-800-QUIT-NOW or
1-800-784-8669). This free program offers personal coaching and
nicotine replacement therapy to increase the odds of successfully
· Be a good role model. Be tobacco free.
“Smash the Pack” will take place on PPCC’s Centennial Campus in the
Aspen Building’s second floor rotunda. Free parking will be available
in C, D and E lots – look for the directional signs.
Pueblo City-County Health Department will also be participating in the
Great American Smokeout on November 21. For information about their
event in Pueblo, contact Sarah Joseph, (719) 583-4526.