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On the third Thursday of November each year, smokers are encouraged to take the Great American Smokeout challenge to quit smoking for a day or for good.

To help those taking the Great American Smokeout (GASO) challenge, the Helpline, primarily funded by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, or TSET, is now offering a new, enhanced selection of free services. These services include free text and email support, phone and web coaching, patches, gum, lozenges and more for registered participants. Click here for information about support available from the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline.

More resources for promoting the Helpline, including a Great American Smokeout (GASO) Swiss Cheese news release, can be found under “Brand Specific Materials” on the TSET HLP Resource page (members-only; please log in to view) .

Download flyers, posters, and table tents as well as ready-to-use web and social media graphics to promote the Great American Smokeout! Tools and resources are also available from the American Cancer Society. >>Learn more!

Need inspiration for how to celebrate GASO this year? Take a look below at what went on last year.

Payne County – To celebrate GASO locally, University Health Services at OSU and the Payne County TSET Healthy Living Program partnered to put on the third annual Gobble Wobble 1-mile run. Read more.

Other TSET Healthy Living Program events held for the 2016 Great American Smokeout – Read more.

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These brochures provide a dashboard look at Certified Healthy Oklahoma programs in individual towns and cities.

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The OSDH Office of Partner Engagement, formerly the Turning Point Initiative, partners with communities across Oklahoma to work on local innovations such as community health centers, extensive walking trails, community gardens, improved school health activities and advocacy for health improvement policies.

Office of Partner Engagement Partnership Consultant Districts Community Partnerships (Updated 8/29/17)

Office of Partner Engagement Partnership Consultant Districts MAPP Process CHAs and CHIPs (Updated 6/19/17)

2017 Office of Partner Engagement Partnership List (Updated 6/19/17)

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Certified Healthy Oklahoma is a voluntary and free state-wide certification available to businesses, schools, and all kinds of community organizations that want to be recognized as leaders making special efforts to promote healthy behaviors of Oklahomans.

The program is a collaborative effort between four organizations, including the Oklahoma State Department of Health. >>Learn more.

Successfully getting Certified Healthy Oklahoma status is the first step in meeting the criteria for TSET’s Healthy Communities and Healthy Schools Incentive Grant programs.  >>Learn more.

Find all resources for the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program below.

Still have questions? Post them on the Certified Healthy Oklahoma group’s page or contact Julie Dearing, @juliead.

Certified Healthy Oklahoma Applications

PDF versions – UPDATED for 2017 (8/1/17)

Certified Healthy Oklahoma Marketing Packet (CHOMP)

Certified Healthy Oklahoma Fact Sheets

UPDATED for 2017 (8/1/17)

Certified Healthy Oklahoma Powerpoints

Program Comparison Documents

Additional County-Specific Resources

Certified Healthy Oklahoma By the Numbers – Find details about the 2,143 applicants and the programs they represent, the program criteria they have met, and applicant feedback. >> Read more.

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As part of its Tobacco Compliance Webinar Series, the FDA Center for Tobacco Products hosted a webinar to help retailers and small business manufacturers understand requirements related to cigars under the deeming regulation. Topics covered include: packaging warnings, instances when cigars are sold without packaging, and a review of the retailer’s responsibilities when packaging and advertisements are received from a manufacturer, importer, or distributor.

>>Click here to watch the webinar recording.

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“Synar Compliance: E-Cigarette & T21 Laws (2017)” is a factsheet available from the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium at the Public Health Law Center. As more states are beginning to restrict youth access to e-cigarettes and raising the minimum age of tobacco purchase, the factsheet aims to provide states with guidance on how these new laws interact with Synar inspections and enforcement.

>>Click here to view the factsheet.

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A recording is available from a NACCHO webinar on low-cost tobacco cessation strategies in local health departments. The webinar provides an overview of CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers campaign and information on how to access free campaign materials for use at the local-level. Two local health departments also present on their collaboration with healthcare providers to integrate the Tips from Former Smokers campaign into clinical settings.

>>Click here to view the webinar recording.

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