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Smoking Cessation Events

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the Great American Smokeout. For smokers, we hope you can use this date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. For non-smokers, we hope you can help a friend, family member or colleague quit smoking. The Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people know about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay tobacco-free.

This year, there can be more to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. Celebrate the fact that you stopped smoking or you helped someone stop smoking on November 17, 2016, a week before Thanksgiving.  Celebrate with two movie tickets that you could win by telling us that you went “cold turkey” or are making a plan to quit on or before the Great American Smokeout.  Complete this very brief survey by November 18, 2016, and you will be entered into a drawing. 

For you non-smokers, complete this very brief survey and let us know you told someone about the Great American Smokeout, and you will be entered into a drawing for two movie tickets as a thank you for helping spread the word.

If you are a Cigna participant, there are resources to help you, including counselors on call. There is also an online coaching program, My Health Assistant, which is fun, flexible, personalized and can provide the guidance you need to reach your goals. There are also interactive tools which can help you determine if you are ready to quit smoking, how much smoking is costing you, how smoking is affecting your lifespan, etc. For more information, please go to and enter your login and password.

If you are not a Cigna participant, or would like additional resources, please visit the websites of the American Cancer Society or the New York State Smokers’ Quitline.

Watch for more information on our smoking cessation program. Get ready, get set, and go Pace Yourself to Wellness today! If you have any questions, please contact Karen Buckwald, Director of HR Initiatives, at