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TAMPA, FL- Thursday, November 20 was National Smokeout Day. Since the 1970’s, the American Cancer Society has encouraged community members to hold anti-smoking events on the third Thursday of November each year. The Lung Institute held a smokeout event on Franklin Street, just outside of Lykes Gaslight Square Park. Volunteers spread awareness about the dangers of cigarette smoking and helped people make a plan to quit smoking not only for that day, but for life.
Citizens of downtown Tampa passing through the park stopped to talk about the smokeout. They were given hot cocoa, as well as prizes like lung-shaped stress balls and bubbles to take home with them. Many told stories about how they reached a smoke free life, and others are still struggling to quit. The Lung Institute presented them with a challenge: blow up a pink balloon and a black balloon at the same time. The pink balloon was easy to blow up and represented healthy lungs, while the black balloon was difficult to inflate (a water balloon), and represented unhealthy, black lungs.
People who stopped at the event also pledged to quit smoking, and if they were non-smokers, they pledged to never start. The American Cancer Society has really come a long way and continues to make more of an impact each year. The Lung Institute, an advocate for treating chronic pulmonary conditions that could be caused by smoking, supports the American Cancer Society in this ongoing endeavor. WUSF came to cover the event and asked questions about the Lung Institute’s efforts.
“This is the first year that we’ve participated in the Smokeout, and I think it was an overall success.” Aaron Riney, Creative Director of the Lung Institute, said, “We will definitely participate again next year.”
Employees from the Lung Institute also informed members of the community about vaping, a new trend among Americans. These smokers think they are doing less harm to their bodies by using E-cigarettes. This however, is a fallacy and needs to be addressed accordingly. There are many different routes to take when trying to quit smoking, and vaping is not a healthy one.
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