Department of Health’s Hawai’i Tobacco Quitline Empowers Residents to Quit During The Great American Smokeout

HONOLULU – November 17, 2016 – The Hawai’i Tobacco Quitline today joins partner organizations across the state encouraging residents to take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout (GASO), a day that challenges current smokers to stop using tobacco and helps people learn about the many tools available to help them quit.

Community Partners

The annual GASO event coincides this year with the Hawai’i Department of Health’s celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the state’s landmark Clean Indoor Air Act and accomplishments in tobacco prevention since its passage in 2006.

“Through the collective efforts of the Hawai’i State Department of Health, our community partners and programs like the Hawai’i Tobacco Quitline, the smoking rate among island residents has dropped 17 percent in just ten years,” said Lola H. Irvin, Administrator of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division at the Hawai’i Department of Health. “Tobacco use remains a top public health priority in our state, and we are proud that the Hawai’i Tobacco Quitline allows information and tools to be put into the hands of the smokers who need the services most.”

During the press conference, a documentary was shown celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the Clean Air law, featuring Hawaii’s accomplishments in tobacco prevention, and highlighting the Quitline’s efforts in creating a smoke free Hawaii. Watch the documentary below:

With more than 90,000 calls since its inception, the Hawai’i Tobacco Quitline continues to provide free resources and professional support for those who are interested in quitting smoking during the GASO event. The Hawai’i Tobacco Quitline empowers Hawai’i residents to make the change by offering access to free telephone or web-based counseling options and approved nicotine replacement therapy treatments.

Current smokers, family members and friends of tobacco users, and health care providers are invited to call the Hawai’i Tobacco Quitline on GASO to learn more and join the thousands of island residents who enjoy the benefits of a smoke free lifestyle. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW, or visit for your FREE personalized quit plan, FREE nicotine replacement patches, gum, or lozenges, and to gain access to interactive tracking tools and educational materials available 24/7.

For facts about tobacco use and the motivation to stay quit, follow the Hawai’i Tobacco Quitline on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

# # #

About the Hawai’i Tobacco Quitline and the Hawai’i Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund
The Hawai’i Tobacco Quitline is funded by the Hawai’i Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund. The trust fund’s dollars represent a portion of Hawai’i’s Master Settlement Agreement payments resulting from a joint lawsuit against the four biggest U.S. tobacco companies to recover healthcare costs for treatment of tobacco-related illnesses paid for by taxpayers. The Hawai’i Tobacco Prevention and Control Trust Fund provides resources for community organizations to create and maintain a Hawai’i that is free from tobacco use, addiction and exposure to secondhand smoke.

Governor Ige Signs Historic Smoking Measure

HONOLULU – June 19, 2015 – Gov. David Ige signed the historic tobacco legislation, Senate Bill 1030 (Act 122) into law Friday, June 19. When enacted on January 1, 2016, Act 122 will make Hawai‘i the first state in the nation to prohibit the sale, purchase, possession or consumption of cigarettes, other tobacco products, and electronic smoking devices (or e-cigarettes) to anyone under age 21.
Continue reading →

Governor Ige Signs Clean Air Bill, Banning Use of E-Cigarettes Where Smoking Is Prohibited

HONOLULU – April 24, 2015 – The Department of Health applauds Governor Ige, members of the legislature, and partners statewide for passing and signing Act 19 (HB 940), which restricts the use of electronic smoking devices, or e-cigarettes, in all locations where smoking is illegal. Act 19 upholds the protections created by Hawaii’s very successful Smoke-Free Workplace and Public Places Law, enacted in 2006. The signing of this historic legislation makes Hawaii the fourth U.S. state to have passed such a bill, after North Dakota, New Jersey, and Utah.
Continue reading →

Department of Health’s Tobacco Quitline Partners with Safeway Pharmacy to Help Hawaii Residents Quit Smoking

HONOLULU – April 8, 2015 – The Hawaii State Department of Health’s (DOH) Tobacco Quitline has entered into a partnership with local Safeway Pharmacies in an effort to help its patients quit smoking. The ten Safeway Pharmacy locations across the islands will now provide Quitline materials and referrals to their patients, helping to encourage Hawaii residents to enroll in Quitline services. Research has shown that smokers who use the Quitline are up to 14 times more likely to stay quit than those who quit on their own.
Continue reading →

Hawaii News Now Partners with Hawaii Tobacco Quitline for 10 PM News Takeover

Honolulu – November 14th, 2014 – Hawaii News Now (HNN) has partnered with the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline to promote the Great American Smokeout (GASO) with a complete takeover of Hawaii News Now at 10:00, broadcast on KGMB and KHNL, on November 19, 2014. The takeover is on the eve of GASO and will broadcast extended real stories of ex-smokers who succeeded with the help of the Hawaii Tobacco Quitline.
Continue reading →

The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline Launches New Campaign for New Years

HONOLULU, HAWAII – December 30, 2013 – The Hawaii Tobacco Quitline is gearing up with a new campaign to help residents of Hawaii quit smoking for good as part of their New Year’s Resolutions. Every New Year’s Eve, thousands of people across Hawaii promise to better themselves in the coming year, vowing to give up bad habits in exchange for a healthier lifestyle. For many, this has traditionally been a time to think about their smoking habit, but new smoking bans may encourage people to quit sooner rather than later.
Continue reading →