El Paso, TX (UTEP) —
The University of Texas at El Paso and the American Cancer Society will kick off the Great American Smokeout one day before the national event.
The American Cancer Society has scheduled the Great American Smokeout for Nov. 21 to encourage smokers to quit for a day in the hope they may quit for good.
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesday November 20
UTEP Union East, 3rd Floor
The kickoff will include a health fair, screenings, giveaways and a raffle, presentations on smoking, and a smoking cessation workshop.
The DSHS Tobacco Prevention and Control, American Cancer Society, UTEP Wellness, Eta Sigma Gamma, UTEP Student Health Center and A Smoke Free Paso del Norte will host the kickoff event.
About the Great American Smokeout
Even though the Great American Smokeout officially began in 1977, the event's roots reach back to 1971 when Arthur P. Mullaney challenged the citizens of Randolf, Mass., to give up cigarettes for the day and donate the saved money to a high school scholarship fund. Mullaney coined the term Smokeout.
Later, Lynn R. Smith, editor of the Monticello Times in Minnesota, spearheaded that state's first D-Day, or Don't Smoke Day. D-Day spread like wildfire throughout Minnesota and then blazed west to California where, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it became the Great American Smokeout.
Tips for Quitting:
- Visit your doctor for support and advice about your quit plan.
- Set a quit date and mark it on your calendar.
- Get rid of ashtrays, lighters and cigarettes.
- Make a list of reasons you want to quit.
- Make a list of family and friends who will support you.
- Avoid triggers that make you want to smoke, including alcohol, caffeine and other smokers.
- Avoid stores (especially those with large tobacco product displays) where you have purchased cigarettes in the past - this can be a trigger.
- Exercise to relieve stress and to improve your mood and health. Try a brisk 30-minute walk at least four days a week.
- Consider using a safe nicotine alternative, such as replacement patches, gum or lozenges, which can double your chances of quitting.
For more information on tips for quitting smoking, call the American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345. Information also is available on the American Cancer Society's website at www.cancer.org .
For more information about the kickoff event, contact Becky Zima at 915-834-7775 or Cristina Calderon at 915-747-8531.