November 18, 2009

How The Great American Smokeout Began

The Great American Smokeout has been around since the 70s, but exactly How The Great American Smokeout began depends on who you ask!

Many place the birth as being in 1977, which is when the American Cancer Society held their first officiak version of the event, dedicated to encouraging all Americans to quite smoking and avoid all the many health problems that come with it. But it could also be traced back to 1971, when a local event in a small town in Massachusetts gave birth to the idea. It is also sometimes pegged at 1976, when the Cancer Socety held a precursor to the national event, except this one was only in California. But wherever started, I hope it keeps going strong..until the day comes when everyone has wised up and stopped smoking already, but that day seems pretty far off still. Wake up, people!

How The Great American Smokeout Began wikipedia

The Great American Smokeout is an annual event in the United States to encourage Americans (of whom 45.8 million smoke) to quit tobacco smoking. The American Cancer Society held its first Smokeout in 1977. The event challenges people not to smoke cigarettes for 24 hours, hoping their decision to quit will last forever. It is held annually on the third Thursday in November.

How The Great American Smokeout Began

Posted at November 18, 2009 3:53 AM

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