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North Iowans sound off on “Great American Smokeout” day


This news story was published on November 18, 2011.
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North Iowans went on enjoying their cigarettes even though the "Great American Smokeout" day was beng held

North Iowans went on enjoying their cigarettes even though the “Great American Smokeout” day was beng held

by Jody Spear –

MASON CITY – At the Southbridge Mall Thursday evening, Theresa Simon, who works with the Department of Human Services, was helping promote the Great American Smokeout.

(PHOTO: North Iowans went on enjoying their cigarettes even though the “Great American Smokeout” day was beng held)

The annual Great American Smokeout was started to encourage smokers to quit for a day, in hopes that they will quit for a lifetime.

Earlier in the evening, smokers who came in and voluntarily threw their smoking products away could sign up to win a live turkey.  In other words, a cold turkey, to go “cold turkey” and quit smoking.  There was also a care package that went with it.  Everything from mints, information, straws (for the hand to mouth habitual smoker) and other quit smoking helpers.

There was a simulated bowling alley set up for the kids.  They had to try and knock down the ten pins that were made to look like cigarettes.  This was not easy for them.  This was a way to explain to the children how hard it is to quit smoking and detour them from starting.

If you have decided to quit and you need help, support or someone to talk to call 800-Quit-now or visit www.cancer.org/smokeout.

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