Did you know that the Great American Smokeout has Minnesota roots?

November 17th, 2011 · No Comments

The Great American Smokeout is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society that is held on the third Thursday of every November.  The event challenges smokers to give up smoking for the entire day on that Thursday, which may provide the smoker the strength and incentive to kick the habit for good.

This year it will be held this week, on Thursday, November 17th.

Did you know that the Great American Smokeout was inspired by a fellow Minnesotan?

The “Don’t Smoke Day” (or “D-Day”) was promoted back in 1974 by Lynn Smith of Monticello, Minnesota, who was the editor of the Monticello Times.  He published the names of 300 people who pledged to quit smoking for one day (January 6, 1974).  The idea caught on, leading to a statewide “D-Day”, and 2 years later to a similar event in California.  In 1977, the national association (American Cancer Society) spread the event nationally with the first official Great American Smokeout day.

Enjoy the Great American Smokeout this week, and, at the same time, enter Healthy Living Rochester’s Quit and Win 2011 to be eligible for cash prize drawings!

For more information about how you can enter Quit and Win 2011 go to www.healthylivingrochester.org.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monticello,_Minnesota:  Accessed November 8, 2011

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_American_Smokeout:  Accessed November 8, 2011

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