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Great American Smokeout

By Donna McCollum

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - This is the first smokeout day since the Nacogdoches so smoking ordinance was passed in July. A low turnout is blamed on fog as thick as smoke. Another factor is smokers are quitting on their own. Brochures publicize society is beginning to isolate smokers. 

The American Cancer Society is using society pressure in its campaign. Brochure read, 'Do you want to be banished to the smoking area forever?' LatTeaeshia Gladney says no to that. After fifteen years of smoking up to a pack a day she's calling it quits. "I'm a diabetic and they saying I can die early so I'm just trying to do the right thing," explained Gladney.

Death by the age of forty is the cold hard fact. Health advocate Kinny Parker knows, "If you have diabetes and you smoke your risk is outrageous." blood pressure can climb. Blood clots can form. A risk to every smoker.

Tommy Stanaland started smoking at 16. He began dipping snuff at 14. A much wiser kiddo convinced him to quit both habits. "I have a 13 year old daughter and she just kept on me, daddy, you need to quit smoking because I would cough real bad. 2000 I laid down my cigarettes and 2004 I laid down my snuff."  

Times are  changing, yet there are tobacco shops all over town. Smokers can spend $2,000 or a more a year on their habit.   The anti smoking campaign isn't over. There is still a need to say    quit smoking. It's a bad habit.  

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