Duke Helps To Launch "Race To Quit" Campaign

The North Carolina Alliance for Health, QuitLineNC and more than 50 other statewide patient and physician groups, health care systems, local health leaders and nonprofits today launched “Race to Quit, NC.”

The new campaign – which is centered around awareness statewide events being held the week of Oct. 5 – is dedicated to connecting tobacco users with the tools and resources they need to quit.

“Right now, North Carolina is losing the race to quit, but together, we can change that,” said Pam Seamans, executive director of the North Carolina Alliance for Health. “Tobacco use in North Carolina is well above the national average. One in five adults in our state is a smoker, 13 percent of high schoolers smoke, and every year, the habit kills more than 14,000 North Carolinians. The reality is that many tobacco users want to quit, but simply don’t know what support is available or how to access it.”

Research shows that the vast majority of smokers have tried to quit, yet just 7 percent are able to successfully quit without medicines or other help. The goal of Race to Quit is to fill that gap and connect smokers with the tools they need to cross the finish line to a smoke-free life. We are empowering tobacco users to call QuitLineNC and talk to their doctors about quitting, empowering physicians to ask the right questions and connect patients with treatment, and empowering the community with the message that there is help for loved ones who want to quit.

Throughout this week, Race to Quit partners will be using the hashtag #WhyNCQuits to share quit-smoking photos and videos on Twitter, and we invite former tobacco users and loved ones to join us. Use this hashtag (#WhyNCQuits) to share tweets, photos and/or videos about why you or a loved one decided to quit. You can also follow and engage with Race to Quit, NC on social media using the hashtag #RacetoQuitNC. Race to Quit, NC Partners will hold the following events. (Click each link for location and registration details):

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force last month recommended that Americans have access to a comprehensive quit-smoking benefit – all seven FDA-approved medications and all three forms of counseling. This recommendation is a huge step forward in the race to quit because the Affordable Care Act requires all preventive services recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force to be covered at no cost through most health insurance plans. For a list of Race to Quit, NC partners and their quit-smoking resources, visit: http://www.ncallianceforhealth.org/race-to-quit-nc/.