Awareness Observances

Through With Chew Week


Objective: Educate smokeless tobacco users and others about the dangers using smokeless tobacco.

Overview: Through with Chew was started in 1989 by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, Inc. The objective was to provide a public education campaign on spit tobacco, coordinated with dentists, healthcare providers, sports coaches and teachers. In 1994, Oral Health America's National Spit Tobacco Education Program (NSTEP) partnered with TWC in attempts to break the connection between baseball and smokeless tobacco. Through with Chew Week is observed during the third full week in February, with the Great American Spit Out taking place the Thursday of that week.

Kick Butts Day


Objective: Encourage smokers and smokeless tobacco users to "kick" the habit of using tobacco in target communities statewide.

Overview: Kick Butts Day was started in September 1995 by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. It is a national day of activism that empowers youth to speak up and take action against tobacco use from coast to coast

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Great American Smokeout (GASO)


Objective: Educate tobacco users and others about the dangers of smoking and encourage them to quit by promoting the health benefits of quitting in target communities statewide.

Overview: The idea for GASO stemmed from a 1971 request from Arthur P. Mullany, a Guidance Counselor from Randolph, Massachusetts, asking citizens to give up smoking for one day and donate the money they would have spent on cigarettes to a scholarship fund. Three years later in Minnesota, the editor on the Monticello Times, Lynn R. Smith organized "Don't Smoke Day" also known as "D-Day." The American Cancer Society successfully got one million smokers to quit for the day on November 18, 1976, which is recognized as the first Smokeout. The following year, in 1977, the event went nationwide, and is now recognized on the third Thursday in November each year.

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Page last updated: May 23, 2017