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