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November 18, 2024

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Breaking Free Day

On Breaking Free from Nicotine Day, we honor and celebrate African Americans who have chosen to break free from nicotine's harmful effects and resist the tobacco industry's predatory practices by saying “No" to Tobacco. Saying "No" to Tobacco is a powerful statement of self-care and a refusal to let big tobacco dictate their lives. 

November 18th is Breaking Free from Nicotine Day

Join us virtually to celebrate!

November 18th | 10:00 AM

Breaking Free from Nicotine Day is more than a day of celebration. It is a “Call To Action” to inspire hope in those who struggle to overcome nicotine dependence. It is a movement that thrives on the strength of community involvement.


We encourage individuals and organizations to come together, share their experiences, and join forces in the fight against nicotine dependence and mentholated cigarettes' grip on our African American and African immigrant communities.


This sense of unity fosters a collective commitment to creating African American and African immigrant communities where nicotine dependence is a “thing of the past”.

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Breaking Free from Nicotine Day is the brainchild of Dr. Karen J. Beard, a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and project manager for the Breaking Free from Nicotine in South Los Angeles cessation capacity building project. Dr. Beard believes celebrating individuals who quit smoking can serve as inspiration for others struggling with nicotine dependence. It shows that quitting is possible and can motivate individuals to take steps toward a healthier lifestyle and foster community and support for those trying to quit smoking.



Chase's Calendar of Events is an annual American publication started in 1957 by brothers William (Bill) D. Chase (a journalist and publisher from Michigan) and Harrison V. Chase (a university social scientist from Florida). It includes special events, holidays, federal and state observances, historic anniversaries, and unusual celebratory traditions. Dr. Beard applied for Breaking Free from Nicotine Day to be listed inn the Chase’s Calendar of Events 2024 edition. Her application was accepted.



Imagine the feeling of liberation that washes over our African American brothers and sisters when they finally say, “No to Tobacco.” It's like a weight lifted off their shoulders, allowing them to breathe in the fresh air of freedom from nicotine. Their courage and determination inspire others, reminding them that a nicotine-free life is within reach. The sense of empowerment of taking control of their lives is truly transformative.

Our Mission



One of the central purposes of this day is to not only celebrate those who have quit or made significant progress toward quitting but to promote tobacco cessation as a powerful tool in the fight against tobacco cessation disparities.



Offer support and encouragement to friends, family members, or colleagues who are trying to quit smoking or using nicotine in your organization. Become a referral partner. Your understanding and support can make a significant difference in the lives of family, friends, and coworkers who smoke



Success stories of individuals who have conquered nicotine dependence serve as beacons of hope and motivation for others facing similar challenges. We celebrate these triumphs and use them to inspire those who are still on their journey to a nicotine-free lifestyle. By showcasing real-life examples of resilience and determination, we provide social proof that breaking free from nicotine is not only possible but within reach of anyone willing to take that first step.

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