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11/16/06 - East Texas

Great American Smokeout Turns 30

by Ramonica R. Jones

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the "Great American Smokeout." The American Cancer Society started the quit smoking campaign to help folks kick the habit and get healthy.  

Thursday, several East Texas agencies set up informational booths at Angelina College to help spread the word about the dangers of nicotine abuse.

The Great American Smokeout is also a day that celebrates young people who don't light up or have chosen to quit smoking.

A.C.S. spokesperson, Britt Reid, said, "In 2006, you can't smoke on airplanes. You don't hear advertisements for cigarettes on television. You don't hear them on broadcast, on the radio, and smoking is the exception now. So, I think we've made great strides."  

Tobacco use is to blame for 30 percent of all cancer deaths.

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