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As part of Great American Smokeout on Nov. 20th Ellen Degeneres Takes the Smoke Our of Sons of Anarchy.
Several students from Ironwood High School participated in the Great American Smokeout Nov. 20, challenging some customers at a nearby CVS pharmacy store to quit cold turkey and helping others make a plan to stop smoking.
Jo Ann Brown, a prevention specialist for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, credited CVS with removing all cigarettes and tobacco products from its shelves last month and making a store available for the educational efforts of those students.
About 10 local youth attended that event on the sidewalk of the CVS store at 75th Avenue and Cactus Road. They belong to Students Taking a New Direction, an anti-tobacco coalition of teens and students from across Arizona.
Dominique Arvizu, a high school senior and a cousin to Brown, serves as secretary of the club at Ironwood. She began recruiting students in August, primarily through lunchtime events, and the club now has 30 active members. Read the rest of this entry »
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.
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Willcox Range News- Nov. 20th, 2013
On Thursday, Nov. 21, local teens will promote The Great American Smokeout, which is a day when smokers are encouraged to quit tobacco for the day, and quit for life. This year, members of the Cochise County Youth Health Coalition (CCYHC), in conjunction with Arizona’s statewide anti-tobacco youth coalition Students Taking a New Direction (better known as STAND), will take that one step further urging Arizonans to ‘decide today for life-long-strong lungs.’
In partnership with the American Lung Association (ALA), STAND will be holding events throughout Arizona promoting the health impact of living and working in a smoke-free environment. For Cochise County residents, this event will be held all day Thursday, Nov. 21 at the Government Building Health Department in Douglas, 1012 G Ave. STAND members are partnering with members of the ALA’s Better Breather’s club to provide interactive demonstrations on how smoking can affect your lungs.
Students at Desert Ridge Junior High School in Mesa had a visit from artist and anti-tobacco advocate Albert Ortiz on Friday.
Seventh- and eighth-graders had a chance to ask the artist about his inspiration and techniques during the exhibition organized by Maricopa County Public Health Office of Tobacco and Chronic Disease Prevention.
The dozens of paintings are inspiring students in the school’s citizenship and responsibility classes to create their own anti-tobacco posters, which they’ll display at school for the Great American
PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Students Taking a New Direction (STAND) coalition chapters across Arizona will seize Great American Smokeout (GASO) on Nov. 21 to activate their local communities in the name of smoke-free environments and other important anti-tobacco topics. Originated by the American Cancer Society 36 years ago, GASO is a day when smokers are encouraged to make a quit attempt or to create a plan to quit. Although the main purpose of the day is to generate support for smokers who want to quit, this year there is a plea for them to consider the implications of secondhand smoke and a heightened attention on lung health.
“Parks are meant for everyone to enjoy. Trailing smoke is disruptive, a health hazard and bothersome; further the cigarette butts that are left everywhere, even in children’s sandboxes, are an environmental hazard.”