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Annual Smokeout Programming

One of the biggest days for tobacco control happens in November. It’s a one-day celebration designed to help smokers quit. It is just the one day, but it’s a start.

Of course, we're talking about the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. Held annually on the 3rd Thursday of November. The day was created to highlight the dangers of smoking and challenge people to stop using tobacco.

The idea grew out of a 1974 event when the editor of Minnesota’s Moticello Times introduced the Don’t Smoke Day, or D-Day. The idea spread and on November 18, 1976, the California American Cancer Society Division successfully prompted nearly one million smokers to quit for the day.

Now, the Great American Smokeout is nationwide. To learn more, visit ACS.

Collegiate Smokeout

To support the many campuses addressing tobacco control and encouraging their peers to quit using tobacco, The BACCHUS Network™ developed a guide to the Collegiate Smokeout, held on the same day as the Great American Smokeout.

Each year, BACCHUS publishes a programming manual to help campuses create programs and educate their peers about tobacco control issues. These programming manuals are sent to each of our affiliates, free of charge. This is one of the benefits of membership in our organization.

You can download PDF samples of the manuals below. If you would like to order the full manual, please visit our store.  (Please note that manuals are only available for 2006 - 2009.)

Gay American Smoke Out

The first Gay American Smoke Out was held in California in 1994 by the Billy DeFrank Lesbian and Gay Community Center. According to a 1999 New York Times article, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community has a higher smoking rate than any other minority group. Click here to find out more about the Gay American Smokeout.

Get Recognized

Submit your tobacco control program and it may be included in the next Collegiate Smokeout manual, The Peer Educator™ or on this website! Download the 1-page form here and follow the easy instructions!

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