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Great American Smokeout plans set for UI, Johnson County
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The 1997 Great American Smokeout (GAS) will be celebrated
on Thursday, Nov. 20. In preparation for the event, Survivor's Kits will
be available at eight sites in Johnson County to smokers who wish to quit
and to people who want to help a friend or loved one kick the tobacco addiction.
The kits will be available at two University of Iowa sites: in the main
lobby of the UI Hospitals and Clinics, and at Student Health Service. The
UIHC lobby will also feature an exhibit on the effects of smoking and on
Free pulmonary screenings will be available from 1-3 p.m. Thursday,
Nov. 20, the day of the GAS, in the main lobby of the UIHC.
The Great American Smokeout was initiated 21 years ago this month, according
to Carolyn Beelner, a counselor at the UIHC John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical
Cancer Center and this year's Johnson County Tobacco Control chairperson.
"We encourage anyone who wants to quit smoking to participate in
the 1997 Great American Smokeout," Beelner says. "To help them
do that, we are offering the free Survivor's Kits, which include a coupon
for nicotine gum, a rubber band for negative reinforcement, some chewing
gum, toothpicks, hard candy, a sucker and a list of suggestions that can
help them quit."
Also in the kit will be a sponsor contract, which can be used to create
a pact between smokers wanting to quit and someone who is willing to help
"We have found the contracts to be helpful tools for people who
want to give up tobacco addiction," Beelner says.
The Survivor's Kits will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on
Nov. 18 at the following sites: main lobby of the UIHC; UI Student Health
Service; the main lobby of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center; the United
Technology cafeteria; the Procter and Gamble Co. cafeteria; the Oral B
cafeteria; the National Computer Systems cafeteria; and the main lobby
of Mercy Hospital.
For more information about the Great American Smokeout, contact Joan
Felker at the UIHC, 356-4262.