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Thinking About Quitting Smoking?

Every year on the third Thursday in November, smokers take part in the Great American Smokeout event.  This event challenges people to stop using tobacco.  On this date, participants make a plan to quit, or planned in advance and quit on this day.

The history of the Great American Smokeout began in the 1970s when smoking was prevalent.  In 1970, Arthur P. Mullaney, a counselor at a Massachusetts high school, asked people to give up cigarettes for one day and donate the money to a local high school.  Then in 1974, Lynn R. Smith of the Monticello Times in Minnesota promoted a “Don’t Smoke Day”.  On November 18, 1976, the California Division of the American Cancer Society successfully prompted nearly one million smokers to quit for the day.  That California event marked the first Smokeout.

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