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Great American Smokeout

Great American Smokeout

Are you thinking about quitting smoking, but not sure you're ready to take the plunge? Maybe the Great American Smokeout is for you. It's an opportunity to join with literally millions of other smokers in saying, "no thanks" to cigarettes for 24 hours. This is the challenge for area smokers on November 15th. People who sign a pledge card onsite or online and avoid using tobacco on November 15th will be entered into a drawing for prizes.
Members of the Tobacco Free Washington County Coalition will distribute information and pledge cards at various sites throughout Washington County leading up to November 15th. Members will encourage smokers to abstain for a 24-hour period, in the hope they will stop smoking entirely. In addition, smokers can sign a pledge online at www.washhealth.org. All participants will be called after the "smokeout" and, if they were smoke free for 24 hours, will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win: one (1) month free membership to Fitness Priority, one (1) dinner theater ticket to the Washington County Playhouse, two (2) tickets to the Maryland Theatre, $25 gift certificate to Hometown Gifts @ Hagerstown , or $10 coupon to Panera Bread.
The idea for the Great American Smokeout grew out of a 1974 event. Lynn R. Smith, a newspaper editor in Minnesota, spearheaded the state's first D-Day, or Don't Smoke Day. The idea caught on and the first Smokeout event was held in California in 1977. That event prompted over one million people to quit smoking for one day.
Today, an estimated 45 million U.S. adults smoke. Tobacco use can cause lung cancer, as well as other cancers, heart disease, and lung disease. Smoking is responsible for one-in-three cancer deaths and one-in-five deaths from all causes. Another 8.6 million people are living with serious illnesses caused by smoking.
Take the challenge and quit smoking for a lifetime by quitting for just one day.

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