V4L Celebrates the Great American Smokeout!
“Trade a Pack for a Kit”
Next Thursday is the 36th annual Great American Smokeout. Vapor4Life will be hosting a free event to the public on that day, called “V4L’s Trade A Pack For A Kit.” We invite smokers to come in to trade their pack of cigarettes for an electronic cigarette starter kit.
The idea behind this, is to do something to help celebrate the day in a fun and innovative atmosphere. We want smokers to be able to come in to learn about e-cigarettes, and get a “vaping” lesson. It will take place on Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Being open and available all day, will give people time to come in the morning before a second shift at work, or give them a chance to get home from work, have dinner, and then come out to see what we’re doing.
The Great American Smokeout takes place every year on the third Thursday of November, one week before Thanksgiving. This is a day for smokers to put down cigarettes for 24 hours.
In 1972, a high school guidance counselor, Arthur P. Mullaney, from Randolph, Massachusetts suggested people in town give up cigarettes for a day and give the money saved to a scholarship fund for the local high school students. The event raised $4,500 and enough enthusiasm and attention for the American Cancer Society to help support and market it in 1974.
In 1974, the publisher of the Monticello Times, Lynn R. Smith of Monticello, Minnesota promoted announced a “Don’t Smoke Day,” which is also known as “D Day.” Smith, a former smoker, once told the New York Times that he began smoking during the Depression, as a teen, picking up butts from the street Eventually more and more states caught onto the idea.
The American Cancer Society began sponsoring a national event, and called it the Great American Smokeout (GASO). The very first one was held in California on November 18, 1976. They were able to prompt nearly one million smokers to stop for the day.
Events are planned all across the country for this year’s Great American Smokeout. Central Texas College is hosting several events including “The Wheel of Missed Fortune,” “The Big CTC Butt Trade-off,” A Pack for a Pack,” and “Get Your Butts Off Campus.” Owensboro Catholic School in Kentucky is working with a local radio station to promote “Going Cold Turkey” – an event in which the winner will receive a turkey! The Calaveras County Public Health Department in San Andreas, California is observing the GASO this whole month. They are distributing copies of a book written by students about secondhand smoke and cigarette litter.
If you don’t live close enough to Vapor4Life’s Smokeless Lounge, you can probably find an event to celebrate the GASO in your neighborhood!