Air clears over UA Mall today for Great American Smoke-out

By Michelle J. Jones
Arizona Daily Wildcat
November 21, 1996

Chris Richards
Arizona Daily Wildcat

Doug Baker, fourth year communications student, enjoys a cigarette on the UA Mall yesterday. Baker said that while the Great American Smokeout was a good idea, he would follow his own program to quit instead.


The American Cancer Society is trying to clear the air today in recognition of the 20th annual Great American Smoke-out.

The event encourages people to quit smoking for 24 hours.

An information tent on the University of Arizona Mall will encourage student participation and offer tips to quit smoking. It will be there from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Campus Health Services, the Employee Wellness Program, the Arizona Program for Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Nicotine Anonymous and the American Cancer Society will be providing information.

Holly Avey, Campus Health Services health educator, said students who smoke, as well as friends and relatives of smokers, can receive information about how to quit smoking as well as acupuncture, hypnosis and weight management. Free chair massages will also be available, she said.

"The goals of the smoke-out are to encourage people to quit smoking for a day with the hope that it might continue for a lifetime," Avey said.

Doug Baker, a fourth-year communications student, said although he thinks the smoke-out is a good idea, he will not be participating because he is following his own program to quit smoking.

"If I'm on the Mall, I might stop by and see what's going on," Baker said.

"I think the smoke-out is a good idea for people, and it's not that hard to quit just for a day. It really depends on what kind of addiction you have, whether it's mental or physical."