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Loyola University encourages community to go smoke-free

November 14, 2008

The Health Education at Loyola committee is hosting the 33rd Great American Smoke Out event this Thursday, Nov. 20. The American Cancer Society has designated this day in an effort to encourage smokers to quit for one day in the hope they may quit for good.

At a table in the Danna Student Center from 12:30 to 2 p.m., members of HEAL will be on hand to distribute Quit Kits and to ask students, faculty and staff to sign pledges to remain smoke free for a day, week, month or lifetime. Once the pledge is completed, a free T-shirt will be provided. This is a chance to reinforce nonsmokers, as well as current smokers, with the promotion of Tobacco Free Living. Freebies such as pens, highlighters, sticky notes, sugarless gum and pamphlets will be given away for awareness purposes and to advertise free cessation services through the Quitline (1-800-QUIT-NOW). This is made possible by a grant from Tobacco Free Living.

The American Cancer Society has resources for those looking for assistance in quitting. Tips to increase the chances of quitting are available at www.cancer.org/GreatAmericans.

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