ATLANTA, GA— November 15, 2016 — Sharecare, the digital health company helping people manage all their health in one place, and the American Cancer Society will host the fourth annual Great American Smokeout Twitter Chat using the hashtag #quittolive on Thursday, November 17, from 12 to 3 p.m. ET.
“Quitting smoking is hard. To make the decision to quit and to successfully follow through with that requires information, motivation, support, and resources. So the American Cancer Society is proud to team up with Sharecare to provide all of this and more through the Great American Smokeout Twitter Chat,” said Cliff Douglas, Vice President, Tobacco Control and Director, Center for Tobacco Control. “Health care professionals will be available to answer questions, advocacy experts will be on hand to talk policy, and we welcome former smokers to join us by providing personal testimonials and inspiration. Who knows, maybe a smoker in New York will finally find the motivation they need to quit from a former smoker in California?”
Each hour of the #quittolive Twitter chat, medical experts and health professionals from across the country will address the negative health effects of tobacco usage and the importance of smoking cessation, and provide tips on how to quit.
12-1 pm: Quitting Smoking – The importance of quitting, strategies to quit and how quitting will impact your health in the short and long-term.
1-2 pm: The Younger Generation and Tobacco Use – Trends in tobacco usage among adolescents and young adults, vaping and e-cigarettes and how to help younger smokers.
2-3 pm: What You Can Do – Policy changes to discourage tobacco use, as well as ways to encourage friends and family to quit.
- American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, @ACSCAN
- Baptist Health South Florida, @BaptistHealthSF
- CVS Health Foundation, @CVSinAction
- Greenville Health System, @ghs_org
- HCA Virginia, @hcavirginia
- HCA West Florida, @HCAWestFL
- International Bipolar Foundation, @IntlBipolar
- Lourdes Health System, @LourdesHealth
- March of Dimes, @modhealthtalk
- Members of Sharecare’s Advisory Board
- Mount Sinai Health System, @MountSinaiNYC
- National Association for Health and Fitness, @NAHFofficial
- Quit For Life, @Quit_For_Life
- UCLA Health, @UCLAHealth
How to Participate:
Submit your questions and comments on Twitter using the hashtag #quittolive any time before 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 17. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can post questions to Sharecare’s Facebook page, as well as follow the chat live on Sharecare.
About the Great American Smokeout
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
Sharecare is a health and wellness engagement solution providing people with personalized resources to help them live their healthiest lives. Nearly 41 million people have shared more than 6 billion data points about their health status and habits with Sharecare, which uses that information to create a comprehensive health profile allowing users to access all of their health resources in one place, and dynamically connect to the knowledge, evidence-based programs and health professionals they need.