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Published 11/24 2013 10:14PM

Updated 11/24 2013 10:36PM

THE TABLE, SET-UP RIGHT INSIDE COVENANT HOSPITAL…
    IS COVERED WITH REMINDERS OF WHY SMOKING IS BAD FOR YOU.
    BUT IT TAKES A LOT MORE THAN JUST PAMPHLETS - TO KICK THE HABIT FOR GOOD.
 Usually what draws them to the table, is they know that this happens at least once a year.
    JOE VELASQUEZ WORKS WITH COVENANT COMMUNITY SERVICES.
    HE SAYS THE HOSPITAL PARTNERS WITH THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, EVERY THIRD THURSDAY OF EVERY NOVEMBER.
    ONE DAY - THAT THEY HOPE, CAN CHANGE SOMEONE'S LIFE.
 If nothing else, it gives them motivation and maybe a place to start.
    ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY…
    TOBACCO USE IS THE NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF PREVENTABLE DEATH IN THE U-S.
    BUT NATIONWIDE - 43-MILLION PEOPLE, STILL SMOKE.
    THE GREAT AMERICAN SMOKEOUT AIMS TO BE THAT LITTLE PUSH IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.
 I've had a lot of individuals that say, oh okay... I'm going to try.
    BUT IT DOESN'T STOP HERE.
    QUITTING SMOKING IS A FULL-ON COMMITMENT.
 Most smokers that try to stop, it takes at least 4 attempts.
    SOMETHING JOE KNOWS ALL ABOUT.
 I used to smoke, and I'm not ashamed to tell people that I did.
    JOE QUIT AFTER SEEING FOLKS AT THE HOSPITAL…
    FIGHTING DISEASE AND ILLNESS - CAUSED BY SMOKING.
    AND IT'S PEOPLE LIKE JOE, THAT CAN HELP *YOU.
 Maybe this is a way that somebody will go, okay... I'll try it. I'll do it. Maybe I can.
    BUT IT'S NOW UP TO YOU TO PICK THE DAY, THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
 Kick the habit for good... that's our hope, that's our wish

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