AZ Daily Sun: Great American Smokeout set for Thursday

Around the Town: Great American Smokeout set for Thursday

November 20, 2013 5:00 am
Abbie Gripman, AZ Daily Sun

Students throughout Coconino County and statewide will participate in the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, to encourage people to quit smoking.

“When it comes to the health effects of smoking, people often think of personal consequences,” said Marie Peoples, Coconino County Public Health Services District chief health officer. “The reality is that smoking affects others, particularly children, through secondhand smoke.”

In partnership with the American Lung Association, members of Students Taking a New Direction (STAND), Arizona’s statewide anti-tobacco youth coalition, will be holding events throughout Arizona to promote the positive health impacts of living and working in a smoke-free environment.

Youth coalition members in Flagstaff and Page will collect tobacco-free pledges from fellow high school students. STAND members will also work with local government leaders to establish smoke-free parks.

The Great American Smokeout began in 1977 and is organized nationally by the American Cancer Society. In Arizona, it is supported by the Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease.

For free help in quitting tobacco use, visit the Arizona Smoker’s Helpline at http://www.ASHLine.org or call (800) 556-6222.

Send Around the Town news to Abbie Gripman at agripman@azdailysun.com or call her at 556-2241.

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