Great American Smoke-Out - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/16/06

Great American Smoke-Out

Thursday is the Great American Smoke-Out when smokers are urged to quit for one day.

The effort, launched by the American Cancer Society 30 years ago, has accomplished major strides against smoking including workplace smoking bans, higher taxes on cigarettes, and fewer lung cancer deaths.

You might have seen ACS volunteers at some grocery stores in Lubbock today passing out "quit tip kits" and other encouragement.  

"Fourteen years is what they expect an average smoker to lose because of smoking cigarettes. So that's pretty motivating information," said Glenn Larson, a Chairman of the Great American Smoke-Out. 

If you did quit today and want to keep the effort going the ACS says be sure to get your friends and family involved for support because that seems to account for the most success stories. 

For more information on the Great American Smoke-Out and to find local resources visit: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ped/ped_10_4_great_american_smokeout.asp.

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