JUNEAU - The local Teens Against Tobacco Use group chose the theme "If you Must Smoke, Smoke Salmon!" for this year's Great American Smokeout event on Nov. 15.
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The Great American Smokeout was originated 31 years ago by the American Cancer Society and is held the third Thursday of every November. It's based on the concept that if a smoker can commit to quitting tobacco for one day, they can stay quit.
The local group hosted a table at Alaskan and Proud on Nov. 13 and 14 to encourage smokers to sign a Pledge to Quit for one day, or for a concerned family member or loved one to sign a pledge to support someone in quitting smoking for one day.
Anyone who signed a pledge received a free quit kit, which included chewing gun, tobacco cessation information and crackers with smoked salmon dip.
The local group and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence would like to thank Jerry's Meats and Seafoods for donating the smoked salmon dip and Alaskan and Proud for providing the table and the space for the promotion.
For more information on Teens Against Tobacco Use, call Wendy Hamilton, tobacco program coordinator for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, at 463-3755 ext. 239.