Should We Continue To Have Campaigns Like The Great American Smokeout?
November 16, 2017 6:46pm CST
Today November 16th is the official day of the Great American Smokout, which is celebrated this time each year. Many years ago a well intended American Cancer Society came up with the idea of the Great American Smokeout. They designated one day a year that encouraged smokers to get through just that one day without a cigarette. The theory was if you could make it through one day, you could possibly be on the path to quitting for good. Here are a few events which led up to this National Smokeout Day: -1974 – Monticello, Minnesota – Lynn R. Smith of the Monticello Times promoted a “Don’t Smoke Day”. -1976 – November 18, The California Division of the American Cancer Society successfully prompted nearly one million smokers to quit for the day. These smaller events eventually led to The Great American Smokeout being held on November 16, 1977, in San Francisco’s Union Square. Do you think these special national days have any effect on getting people to quit smoking? Why or Why not? P.S. If you like the X-Files you might recognize the "smoking man" in the photo. Sources: NJ 101.5 & National Day Calendar Photo- xfiles.wikia.com
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I hadn't even realized or remembered this day . . . perhaps they need to reinvent this "celebration" to get the message out? Even in this day and age with what we know about smoking, people are still smoking . . . I just don't understand why they even start such a habit to begin with!
I couldn't agree more! It serves no useful purpose other than to do something with their hands and look cool. Of yes, and become addicted to the nicotine in the process if that is considered useful? The National day is well intentioned just like the TV commercials, but it really is up to the person to want to quit.
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@dgobucks226 I had a conversation about this with a friend. She took notice that hardly anyone in our generation smokes now. Why? Maybe because back then when we were kids they did have those hardcore campaigns with diagrams of blackened lungs and such - really affected us. But in the past couple decades, I haven't seen much of that . . . there are other "issues" in this world added to it that they place more importance on . . . and we see the younger generation who have taken up smoking in the meantime.
Yes, people must want to quit. Someone telling them to will not be effective. Even if it is for there own good! I agree about research, but are you going to continue to jeopardize your health while waiting for research to find a cure? At least by quitting a smoker can reduce a risk factor for contacting cancer. But in the end it is up to the person as you say. Just a shame to play Russian Roulette with a useless habit.
It's a small step in the right direction. The ban on smoking on public places was a huge leap in the right direction. I remember how people used to smoke much more back then when I was a kid. I'm pretty sure even more can be done. Smoking is gross.