Join in the 42nd Great Amer­i­can Smoke­out

The Kent Island Bay Times - - Opinion -

Dr. Joseph A. Ciotola, Health Of­fi­cer of the Queen Anne’s County De­part­ment of Health, along with the Queen Anne’s County De­part­ment of Health Cig­a­rette Resti­tu­tion Fund Pro­gram, the Cit­i­zens Against Smok­ing To­bacco (C.A.S.T.) Coali­tion, and the Queen Anne’s County Well­ness Coali­tion in­vites the pub­lic to join them in cel­e­brat­ing the 42nd an­nual Great Amer­i­can Smoke­out.

The Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety has sched­uled the 42nd An­nual Great Amer­i­can Smoke­out for Nov. 16, to en­cour­age smok­ers to quit for a day in the hope they may quit for good. Patches, tips for quit­ting, and tele­phone coun­sel­ing can help res­i­dents quit and in­crease their chances of stay­ing quit, ac­cord­ing to The Pub­lic Health Ser­vice guide­line, “Treat­ing To­bacco Use and De­pen­dence: A Clin­i­cal Prac­tice Guide­line.”

The C.A.S.T. Coali­tion will spon­sor a free “Trivia Night” with games, give­aways, face paint­ing, food, and fun for the en­tire fam­ily at the Bay Coun­try Moose Lodge in Queen­stown on Thurs­day, Nov. 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event will be in part­ner­ship with the Queen Anne’s County De­part­ment of Health Cig­a­rette Resti­tu­tion Fund Pro­gram and the Queen Anne’s County Well­ness Coali­tion.

The Great Amer­i­can Smoke­out tra­di­tion­ally takes place on the third Thurs­day in Novem­ber. Even though the Smoke­out of­fi­cially be­gan in 1977, the event’s roots reach back to 1971, when Arthur P. Mul­laney chal­lenged the cit­i­zens of Ran­dolf, Mas­sachusetts, to give up cig­a­rettes for the day and do­nate the saved money to a high school schol­ar­ship fund. Mul­laney coined the term Smoke­out.

Later, L ynn R. Smith, ed­i­tor of the Mon­ti­cello Times in Min­nesota, spear­headed that state’s first D-Day, or Don’t Smoke Day. D-Day spread like wild­fire through­out Min­nesota, and then blazed west to Cal­i­for­nia where it be­came the Great Amer­i­can Smoke­out. The idea caught on in state af­ter state un­til in 1977, it went na­tion­wide un­der the spon­sor­ship of the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety. If past Smoke­outs are any in­di­ca­tion, as many as one-third of the na­tion’s 46 mil­lion smok­ers could be tak­ing the day of f from smok­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410758-1306 Ext. 4539. The toll-free tele­phone num­ber for the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety is 1-800-ACS-2345.

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