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The Great American Smokeout 2008
Release Date: October 27, 2008

The goal of "The Great American Smokeout" is to promote users to quit and to increase the awareness of the harms and dangers of tobacco product use.


The Great American Smoke Out 2008
Once again it is time for "The Great American Smokeout" This year's event will be held on November 20th. The purpose of this event is for tobacco users to set aside one day to not use their product. Cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and smokeless tobacco are the most common forms of tobacco use. The goal of "The Great American Smokeout" is to promote users to quit and to increase the awareness of the harms and dangers of tobacco product use.
"The Great American Smokeout" is held every year on the third Thursday of November. In 1971 a Massachusetts resident named Arthur Mullaney asked people to stop smoking for the day and to donate the money they would have spent on tobacco products to the local high school. Minnesota's first D-Day (Don't Smoke Day) was led by Lynn Smith, editor of the Monticello Times in 1974. The smoke-free day idea began to gain momentum and on November 18th, 1976 the state of California American Cancer Society encouraged nearly 1 million smokers to quit. The American Cancer Society took the event nationwide in 1977.
Research has shown that smokers more effectively quit the habit when there is a means of support. Some of these support items include counseling, nicotine replacement products, guide books, and encouragement from friends and family. There are also prescription drugs that help reduce nicotine cravings. All of these products along with the encouragement of family and friends have helped many tobacco users to quit.
"The Great American Smokeout" has brought dramatic change in the attitudes of Americans about smoking. It has led to community programs and smoke-free laws that are helping to save lives in many of the states.
A program of the
Department of Environmental and Public Health Services
Herbert J. Yardley, Administrator/Health Officer
One Spring Street, Newton, N.J. 07860
Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Phone 973-579-0370 Fax 973-579-0399





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