CRESTVIEW — In observance of the Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Tobacco Free Florida and Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County encourage tobacco users to use the date to make a quit plan or to plan in advance to quit smoking on that day, Nov. 17.

The nationally celebrated Great American Smokeout, now in its 41st year,   challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps them learn about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit.

DOH-Okaloosa and community partners are celebrating the Great American Smokeout by raising awareness of the dangers of tobacco and resources to quit.

Eleven elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, Northwest Florida State College, and ten worksites in Okaloosa County are participating by promoting the Tobacco Free Florida’s free and proven-effective resources available to Floridians to successfully quit.

The “Quit Your Way” program provides users interested in quitting access to free tools, including a 2-Week Starter Kit of nicotine replacement patches, Text2Quit, Email Tips and a Quit Guide. They can choose as many tools and services as they need, or use them in addition to Tobacco Free Florida’s Phone, Group and Web Quit services.

For more information about Quit Your Way, visit