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Health Promotion at Scott will be recognizing famous Great American Smokeout

The Great American Smokeout is right around the corner, and Health Promotion will be putting on a four-week series providing facts and information, along with tables that members of the Scott community are more than welcome to check out.

The idea for the Great American Smokeout grew from a 1970 event where Arthur P. Mullaney asked people to give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money they would have spent on cigarettes to a high school scholarship fund. The idea caught on, and on Nov. 18, 1976, the California Division of the American Cancer Society got nearly 1 million smokers to quit for the day. That California event marked the first Smokeout, and the society took it nationwide the following year.

The idea for the Great American Smokeout grew from a 1970 event where Arthur P. Mullaney asked people to give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money they would have spent on cigarettes to a high school scholarship fund.

Since then, dramatic changes have occurred in the way the public views tobacco advertising and tobacco use in general. Many public places and work areas are now smoke free, which protects non-smokers and supports smokers who want to quit.

Additionally, the Great American Smokeout event helps fuel new laws and save lives. Each year, the event draws attention to preventing the deaths and chronic diseases caused by smoking.

For more information, please see the Health Promotion Office and attend their tobacco cessation orientation offered at 10 a.m. every Tuesday.

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