DON’T SMOKE DAY IN AMERICA

August 20, 2008

Everyone says smoking is injurious to health. the americans are one the top smoke country in the world.

If there’s one thing a smoker needs in order to quit, it’s moral support — mostly from friends and family subjected to the short temper and irritability that usually accompany one of mankind’s most daunting tests of willpower. In 1977, the American Cancer Society offered smokers even more support, launching the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday in November. On this day every year, smokers across the country try to do what feels impossible — give up their cigarettes for 24 hours. The idea is that many will quit puffing away altogether. (In this spirit, this year’s campaign includes an aptly named initiative for next week called “Stay Quit Monday.”)

The idea of quitting collectively came 12 years after the landmark  connecting tobacco use to lung cancer, low birth weight and coronary disease. Lynn Smith, a newspaper editor in Monticello, Minn., and a former smoker, wrote editorials in the 1970s urging others to quit. Smith, who once told the New York Times he started smoking “as a teenager by picking up butts from the street during the Depression,” organized a local event called “D-Day,” or “Don’t Smoke Day,” in 1976. The next year, the California chapter of the American Cancer Society sponsored a similar event, and by 1977, the Great American Smokeout was born. In subsequent years, the Smokeout has encouraged millions of Americans to set aside their packs and cartons, if only for one brief, breathable day.

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