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Blackout Tobacco

What is the Blackout Tobacco Campaign?

In conjunction with GASO, the Health Department is on a mission to reduce tobacco use with the ‘Blackout Tobacco’ campaign in Pima County. Join local youth coalitions, community members, and organizations to Blackout Tobacco Thursday, November 19, 2020 for GASO. We encourage you to help those around you by encouraging them to quit tobacco for the day - or for good!

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 2020 Important Dates

November 16: Make a plan! Use our Quit and Stay Quit tool to plan a successful quit!
November 19: Great American Smokeout. Give up tobacco today!
November 23: Check in with yourself and your first few days tobacco free. Give yourself grace!

text reading blackout tobacco and put it out

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 for good!

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!
  • 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%


*See Resources tab for data sources
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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