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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: October 26, 2017 12:28 PM
From: Representative Carol Hill-Evans
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution recognizing November 16, 2017, as “The Great American Smokeout Day” in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution recognizing November 16, 2017, as “The Great American Smokeout Day” in Pennsylvania.

The idea for the Great American Smokeout began in 1970 after a man in Massachusetts asked people to give up cigarettes for a day and donate the money they would have spent on cigarettes to a high school scholarship fund. The first official observation of the day started with the California chapter of the American Cancer Society on November 18, 1976, when they got almost 1 million smokers to quit for the day. What started as a local event blossomed into a national experience when the American Cancer Society took the initiative nationwide in 1977.

The Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, is observed on the third Thursday in November of each year. This year, it will be observed on November 16. By recognizing The Great American Smokeout, the Commonwealth can bring awareness to the dangers of smoking while providing a day to encourage smokers to make a plan to quit. Additionally, smokers who have already decided to quit can use this day to begin their smoke-free life.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this important resolution to help eliminate tobacco use in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as HR595