The Day Minnesota Showed The World How To Kick Butts

Today is the Great American Smokeout, which begin in 1974 as “D-Day” or “Don’t Smoke Day.” It was the brainchild of Minnesotan Lynn Smith, editor of the Monticello Times.  Since then, it has become a national event organized by the American Cancer Society. Back in 1977, 37% of adults in the United States smoked. Today, in a more smokefree Minnesota, that number is down to 17%.

3 Comments so far

  1. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on November 20th, 2008 @ 2:23 pm

    Should anyone need an additional reason to quit, consider COPD, a really nasty (and incurable) lung disorder associated with smoking. KAAL-TV in Rochester, MN did a report on it yesterday.

    Link:
    http://kaaltv.com/article/stories/S670151.shtml?cat=10219


  2. Donavon (brash) on November 20th, 2008 @ 6:17 pm

    Speaking as a former smoker, smokers are fully aware of the health hazards caused by smoking. Harassing them and making days that are against smoking don’t really do much to convince them to quit. All stuff like this does is make non-smokers feel good about themselves.


  3. Robert Moffitt (justpbob) on November 21st, 2008 @ 7:50 am

    I’m a former smoker, too, and I see no signs of "harassment" in this post, or in the event highlighted. The Great American Smokeout is not a "day against smoking." It’s a day in which smokers are encouraged to quit. Nothing more, nothing less.



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