It all began in 1971, when Arthur P. Mullaney, a guidance counselor at Randolph High School in Randolph, Massachusetts organized an event where he asked his community to give up smoking for one day and donate the money saved on cigarettes to the local High School Scholarship fund. The idea gained momentum and in 1976 the California American Cancer Society chapter challenged one million smokers to quit. So, this time every year on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in this event.
It is not too late for you to join!
This is a great opportunity for your organization to encourage people to think about quitting. Check out the Great American Smokeout Toolkits for tips and suggestions to help plan an event.
Save lives and celebrate!
“The Great American Smokeout”
November 17, 2016