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Health department looks to 'black out tobacco'

Posted at 6:29 AM, Nov 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 08:53:11-05

The Pima County health department is on a mission to “Blackout Tobacco” as part of this year’s Great American Smokeout.

The department is encouraging tobacco users to quit for 24 hours and provide support to people helping others in their journey to quit. 

To celebrate, Pima County Health Department and local youth and community organizations encouraging people start a journey towards being smoke free by pledging to quit tobacco for 24 hours or pledging to support someone on their journey to quitting tobacco.

The Health Department works with youth tobacco prevention groups all year to develop and share tools for tobacco education, tobacco policy changes, and tobacco prevention events countywide.

Outreach events will be hosted by students from middle and high school groups throughout Tucson.

Each location will offer either pledge walls, memorial walls or encouragement walls for people to post on, tobacco cessation resources, tobacco prevention education demonstrations and free giveaways. Find locations on

You can also support groups by posting messages of support and pledges to “Blackout Tobacco” on social media using the hashtag: #blackouttobacco