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November 14 , 2003

Great American Smokeout at MHC

On Thursday, November 20, millions of people will quit smoking cigarettes as part of the American Cancer Society’s twenty-seventh annual Great American Smokeout celebration. For many, this will be an important first step toward recovery from tobacco use—a dangerous addiction that kills more than 400,000 Americans each year and accounts for more than $75 billion in annual health care costs. Since its inception, the Great American Smokeout has had one main goal: to give smokers the help they need to quit smoking for good.

The Mount Holyoke Office of Health Education will be hosting an information table in the Blanchard Campus Center from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. It will focus on the theme “Adopt A Smoker” and will feature Quit Kits, a free massage for anyone who turns in their pack of cigarettes, an educational quiz and other materials, and a raffle with prizes from local merchants.

It is estimated that one in ten college students in America will die prematurely from tobacco use. Smoke-free dorms, like those at Mount Holyoke, may help incoming college students who have not yet taken up smoking avoid tobacco addiction during college. According to a recent study by Henry Wechsler, director of
college alcohol studies at Harvard School of Public Health, “non-
smokers who live in smoke-free dorms are 40 percent less likely to take up cigarettes”.

For more information, contact Karen Jacobus, health
education coordinator, at x2466 or at kjacobus@mtholyoke.edu.


 

 

 

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