PUBLISHED: 5:07 PM on Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Teens spread the word during the Great American Smokeout
Teens Against Tobacco Use and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence were hosts at a promotional table at Alaskan and Proud on Nov. 13-14, to encourage smokers to quit for one day or others to support a smoker in quitting for one day for the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15.

The Great American Smokeout was started by the American Cancer Society 31 years ago and is celebrated on the third Thursday of November every year.

"The premise is that if a smoker can quit for just one day, they can stay quit the next day, and those days add up to quitting for good," said Wendy Hamilton, the tobacco program manager at NCADD.

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  Courtney Reeves watches as her mother Rowena Reeves signs a Pledge of Support to support another person in quitting smoking for one day at the Great American Smokeout promotion Nov. 14, at A&P.
The TATU group gave away free "quit kits" to smokers who would sign a pledge to not smoke for just one day, or others who would sign a pledge of support to support a smoker in quitting for just one day.

"Typically we find that loved ones and family members really want to help a smoker quit smoking," Hamilton said.

"So this year we decided to have Pledges of Support as well as Pledges to Quit available for people to sign and receive a free Quit Kit."

The TATU theme for this year's Great American Smokeout was: "If you Must Smoke,

Smoke Salmon!", so the Quit Kits included smoked salmon dip, donated by Jerry's Meats and Seafoods, a Ray Troll postcard with the salmon theme on it, as well as gum, brochures and the Alaska Tobacco QuitLine information.

For more information about TATU or NCADD call 463-3755. For more information about the free services available through Alaska's Tobacco QuitLine call 1-888-842-QUIT.