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Great American Smoke-out set for Thursday

Nov. 18, 1997

'Stop smoking' survival kits available for Baylor students during 21st annual national even

By Teresa Weddle

Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

Smokers all over the United States will have a chance to be smoke-free Thursday during the Great American Smoke-Out.

Although the smoke-out is Thursday, tables celebrating the event will be placed in all cafeterias on the Baylor campus Tuesday and Wednesday to help promote the event.

'Smoking is more noticeable around campus,' Kathryn Valesquez, student outreach coordinator, said. 'The campaign provides encouragement to help smokers quit, even if it's just for the day.'

The annual smoke-out, in its 21st year, is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Its major goal is to help people to quit smoking with helpful pamphlets about cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, stickers and survival kits for those who are trying to quit.

Tables set up Tuesday and Wednesday will contain the information for anyone on the Baylor campus who decides to quit. The pamphlets and stickers are for anyone who feels the need to show that they are smoke-free. The survival kits contain information on how to quit on a permanent basis, sugarless candy and suckers for cravings and stickers to show that you have quit smoking.

Statistics show that 26,427 people die every year from tobacco-related deaths in Texas alone, more then homicide and alcohol-related deaths, Valesquez said.

Young people tend to underestimate the possibility of becoming addicted, a report from the National Institute of Drug Abuse stated. Another report from the Surgeon General states that youths who begin smoking at an early age are more likely to become heavy smokers and develop cancer.

The Texas Department of Health will join the American Cancer Society in sponsoring the campaign in Texas. The nationwide campaign is one of the largest public health campaigns in the United States.

Tables for the event will be set up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in front of the Collins and Penland cafeterias and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday in the Bill Daniel Student Center. Survival kits will also be available Thursday in the Health Education and Wellness office on the second floor of the student center.

Quick tips on how to quit smoking

Hide ashtrays, matches, etc.

Have a ready supply of sugarless gum, candy, etc. for cravings

Tell everyone that you are

quitting

Drink lots of liquids, but not coffee or alcohol

Exercise to relieve the tension

If you get the urge to smoke, stop, take a deep breath, count to ten and release

Use the buddy system; ask a friend to quit too

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