Blackout Tobacco


What is the Blackout Tobacco Campaign?

In conjunction with GASO, the Health Department is on a mission to reduce tobacco use by launching the  ‘Blackout Tobacco’ campaign in Pima County. Join local youth coalitions, community members, and organizations to Blackout Tobacco Thursday, November 15 for GASO. We encourage you to help those around you by encouraging them to quit tobacco for the day- or for good!

Blackout Tobacco 2018 Events

Check us out on Facebook, or Twitter. Spread the message and wear your black t-shirt to show your support to end tobacco addiction. 

Blackout Tobacco 2018 Important Dates

October 15: PCHD launches 2018 Blackout Tobacco Campaign
November 2: Blackout Tobacco at University of Arizona Football Fan Fiesta and Game
November 5: Donation collections begin at ALL 22 Tucson Fire Department locations
November 9: Blackout Tobacco at Tucson Roadrunners Hockey
November 14: Blackout Tobacco at University of Arizona Basketball Game
November 15: Great American Smokeout. Give up tobacco today!
November 15: Live radio remote with KFMA

Need posters or swag? Call us at 520-724-7904 or download all materials including flyers, post cards, and posters at your convenience under the "downloads" tab, below. 

Put it out. Wear black. Give back.

Put it out. Pledge to quit tobacco for 24 hours or pledge to support someone with their journey to quitting tobacco. If you are participating either way, wear a black t-shirt, snap a photo, and post on social media with hashtag #blackouttobacco and let us know how you are doing throughout the day!

This year, Blackout Tobacco challenges tobacco users to quit using tobacco for the day or longer and instead use the time and/or money they typically spend on tobacco to give back to their community. Give to a nonprofit you care about. If you are not sure where to start, we are joining forces with the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) this year. Through the Tucson Fire Fighters Association (TFFA), ALL 22 TFD locations will have donation boxes collecting new toys and clothes in addition to non-perishable foods. These items will be included in TFFA's annual Adopt-a-Family program.
  • 43.9% of 12th grade students reported lifetime substance use of e-cigarettes
  • 4.8% of 12th grade students reported frequent use of substance use of e-cigarettes
  • 4.3% of 12th grade students reported frequent use of substance use of cigarettes
  • 24.2% of 12th grade students were offered cigarettes in the last 30 days
  • 70.9% of 12th graders responded to ease of access to get cigarettes
  • 12th grade is median age of initiating smoking a cigarette is 15
  • Smoking prevalence in Pima County is 15.3% 
  • People who smoke every day in Pima County is 11.6%
  • People who smoke some days in Pima County is 3.7% 
  • People who are former smokers in Pima County is 28.1%
Every year, on the third Thursday of November, tobacco users across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout (GASO) event. This day is intended to encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance to quit using tobacco that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – tobacco users will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.
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