Great American Smokeout

Great American Smokeout

You would be wrong if you believe this holiday is all about barbeque. Although it sounds like a great barbecue competition, it is actually about a challenge to people across the United States to quit smoking. This is an opportunity to start smoking again or to make a plan to stop smoking forever. Learn more about the history of this holiday and how to quit smoking.

In 1970, the first Great American Smokeout was established. It began as a series smaller initiatives. Arthur P. Mullaney from Randolph High School in Massachusetts suggested that people quit smoking. He organized an event where people would donate their money to help fund college scholarships. The first event was held in 1972. It raised $4,500 in donations. The holiday spread each year as the donations increased. Minnesota was the next state to adopt the holiday. Lynn R. Smith, editor at the Monticello Times launched D-Day (which stood for Don’t Smoke Day).

The California Division of American Cancer Society adopted the holiday in 1976. Since then, it has helped over 1 million people quit smoking. The American Cancer Society has been holding fundraising events every year since then. They take in donations and help smokers quit smoking. The American Cancer Society offers factual information to smokers. It includes information about possible future health issues and stories from people who quit smoking and are now trying to quit.

You might consider joining the thousands of smokers who will be using the Great American Smokeout to help you quit. Volunteer to help with fundraising. Donate money to the cause. The American Cancer Society has resources that can help you quit smoking and create a plan for avoiding tobacco products. Also, if you love this holiday, share the news of it on your favorite social media websites by using the hashtag #greatamericansmokeout.


Nov 16 2024


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