Blackout Tobacco

text reading blackout tobacco and put it out

What is the Blackout Tobacco Campaign?

In conjunction with the Great American Smokeout GASO national campaign by the American Cancer Society, the Pima County Health Department is on a mission to reduce tobacco use with our own ‘Blackout Tobacco’ campaign. We encourage you to help those around you by encouraging them to quit tobacco for the day—or for good!

Put it out. Pledge to quit tobacco for 24 hours or pledge to support someone with their journey toward quitting tobacco. If you are participating either way, wear a black t-shirt, snap a photo, and post on social media with hashtag #blackouttobacco and let us know how you are doing throughout the day.

Check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Spread the message and wear your black t-shirt to show your support to end tobacco addiction. 

Need posters or swag? Call us at (520) 724-8619, email us at or download all materials including flyers, post cards, and posters at your convenience under the "downloads" tab below.

Picture of dog, with text saying Secondhand smoke is ruffStop smoking, for the love of dog

Remember, your pets depend on you, and they are affected by your habits. Secondhand smoke is bad for humans and animals. And the last thing your furry friend needs is for you to fall ill to chronic disease.

Living in a house with a smoker puts dogs, cats, and especially birds at greater risk of many health problems.

Dogs exposed to secondhand smoke have more eye infections, allergies, and respiratory issues, including lung cancer. This makes sense when you realize that a dog's sense of smell is significantly better than people.

The Pima County Health Department is committed to reducing barriers to access health resources and basic needs. The link below will connect you and your family to a wide range of free services from PCHD.

  • 43.9% of 12th grade students reported lifetime substance use of e-cigarettes
  • 4.8% of 12th grade students reported frequent use of substance use of e-cigarettes
  • 4.3% of 12th grade students reported frequent use of substance use of cigarettes
  • 24.2% of 12th grade students were offered cigarettes in the last 30 days
  • 70.9% of 12th graders responded to ease of access to get cigarettes
  • 12th grade is median age of initiating smoking a cigarette is 15
  • Smoking prevalence in Pima County is 15.3% 
  • People who smoke every day in Pima County is 11.6%
  • People who smoke some days in Pima County is 3.7% 
  • People who are former smokers in Pima County is 28.1%

*See Resources tab for data sources
Every year, on the third Thursday of November, tobacco users across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout (GASO) event. This day is intended to encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance to quit using tobacco that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – tobacco users will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.
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