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November 15, 1990 | By Leigh Jackson, Daily News Staff Writer
Long before Nicorettes and fears about secondary smoke, before anti-smoking rap songs and nonsmoking seating, there was Art Mullaney. Mullaney, 54, started the anti-smoking campaign in 1970 that became the Great American Smokeout, the national campaign celebrated today that encourages smokers to give up their cigarettes for one day. Organizers estimate that last year 17 million of the 50 million smokers kept their cigarettes in their pockets...
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November 16, 1989 | By Marianne Costantinou, Daily News Staff Writer
WARNING: This story is sympathetic to smokers and may cause non-smokers to gag. Mom said that the world is divided into men and women. She lied. There are only two types of people: smokers and non-smokers. The Battle of the Sexes in the '70s was nothing compared with the Great Cigarette War of the '80s and, quite likely, the '90s. Smokers these days have become outcasts, pariahs, misfits, not to mention unpopular. Smoking in public is more uncouth than picking your nose. It's just so damn rude, sniff non-smokers.
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November 17, 1988 | By John Corr, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nobody's going to badger David Goerlitz, the man in so many of those Winston cigarette ads, into giving up his cigarettes on this, the day of the 12th annual Great American Smokeout. To get a 60-cigarettes-a-day man to quit, it takes more than angry glares and rude remarks from militant nonsmokers. It takes guilt, pride and fear. "Rudeness and hostility by nonsmokers is not going to get anyone to quit," Goerlitz said. "In fact, it might even make smokers more determined to keep on smoking.
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November 17, 1995 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / TOM GRALISH
All that huffing and puffing yesterday was the sound of people taking sides in the 19th annual Great American Smokeout. Steve Strohm was among those who opted out, while Leona Butts of Independence Blue Cross helped spread the word.
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November 22, 1991 | MICHAEL MERCANTI/ DAILY NEWS
Despite the help of the Pep Boys, Manny, Moe and Jack, fewer hard-core smokers turned in their butts for apples during the American Cancer Society's 15th annual Great American Smokeout this year. "They really wanted to hold on to their cigarettes," said Donna Bleznak of U.S. Healthcare, which sponsored an apple swap for smokes at a booth at Independence Hall. "I don't know if it's the price of the cigarettes or what. " Bleznak said only 62 ciggies were collected, compared to 125 last year.
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November 21, 1991 | By Dave Urbanski, Special to The Inquirer
Twenty million Americans are expected to snuff out their butts today. Each year, the Great American Smokeout, a campaign designed to encourage smokers to quit for the day, wins more converts, a spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society said. Marie Skinner, executive director at the Gloucester County unit of the American Cancer Society, said that the smokeout was attracting more and more smokers each year, and that last year about 19 million Americans took part, an increase of about a million from 1989.
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November 16, 1995 | By Denise-Marie Santiago, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A loud scream of protest may issue forth from a number of area schools this afternoon. Against smoking. Targeting youngsters during today's 19th annual Great American Smokeout, the American Cancer Society has recruited schools here and across the country to devote class time to the dangers of tobacco. While the event includes a week of classroom activities, the day culminates at 2 p.m. when students nationwide will be given free rein to scream their lungs out in a Smokescream.
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November 16, 1990 | By Sandra Sardella, Special to The Inquirer
Two candlelight "smokeouts" - timed to coincide with the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout - were held last night in South Jersey, one at the incinerator on Morgan Boulevard in South Camden and the other at the incinerator on Route 130 in West Deptford. "We're doing it because we think some of the worst smoke in the air comes from mass burn incinerators," said Doreen Khebzou of the Environmental Response Group. She said that about 60 people attended the event in Camden, where they held candles, heard speeches by leaders from Greenpeace and the New Jersey Environmental Federation, and sang songs such as "This Land is Your Land.
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November 20, 1986 | By Dick Pothier, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the eve of the nationwide Great American Smokeout, America's biggest tobacco company launched what amounted to a big-budget pre-emptive strike yesterday. Philip Morris Cos. Inc. handed out thousands of "Great American Smoker's Kits" and held a 13-city news conference via a satellite linkup. Anti-smoking forces, too, joined in the pre-Smokeout debate. The anti-smokers offered a variety of inducements to quit, including the handing out of lollipops in Boston and the distribution of "I'm a Star . . . I've Quit Smoking" buttons in Philadelphia.
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November 22, 1989 | By Lini S. Kadaba, Inquirer Staff Writer
Inside the Smokers Choice tobacco shop Thursday, clean, sweet-smelling air filled the aisles of cigarette cartons. Owner Nick Trub spent most of his day behind the bulletproof window cashing paychecks at the store, 9961 Bustleton Ave. His employees stood around arranging packs of cigarettes, tobacco pouches, pipes and cigars. Business, it seems, was rather lousy on this day of the 13th annual Great American Smokeout, when smokers were to trade in their butts for candy and gum in an effort to kick the habit.
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November 17, 2012 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cherry Hill is telling smokers it's time to get their butts off public property - inside and out. A proposed ordinance presented to the public Thursday - on the 37th annual Great American Smokeout - would ban smoking in parks, playgrounds, and other township-owned properties. It is similar to restrictions passed this year that prohibit smoking at outdoor areas owned by Camden County. So far, the county has issued warnings to about a dozen smokers instead of $25 fines ($50 for repeat offenses)
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February 18, 2005 | By Marian Robinson
Just by chance, I discovered that this is National Snack Month. That's just about as thrilling as discovering that your husband left you for an older woman. Who designates a particular day, month or year as an authentic celebratory occasion anyway? I, for one, want nothing to do with snack month. It's hot on the heels of National Diet Month, and the timing is less than ideal. Curious to learn more about this entire process, I started searching on Google. What I learned is that every day, month, year, week and millisecond is dedicated to something: not just one thing; often many.
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November 18, 2004 | By Tom Duffy
Just as millions of smokers attempt to give up cigarettes for good for the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout comes the newest rock on the huge mountain of evidence that proves New Jersey needs a work-site smoking ban. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the percentage of smokers in New Jersey rose from 19.1 in 2002 to 19.5 in 2003. Although the margin of error for the 2003 figure is plus or minus 1 percentage point, this lack of progress in significantly diminishing smoking rates will translate into more disease, more tobacco-related illness, more health-care spending, and more lives lost.
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January 24, 2002 | Daily News wire services
Survey says smoking surged after 9/11 attacks After nearly a decade of declines, cigarette sales jumped 13 percent in Massachusetts during the last three months of 2001, a startling reversal that some specialists attribute to increased anxiety after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. A national survey done in October for GlaxoSmithKline and the American Cancer Society also found that smokers increased their cigarette use by 75 percent after the attacks. The same study showed that 19 percent of those who had quit relapsed and that another 6 percent took up smoking for the first time.
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November 17, 2000 | By Kaitlin Gurney, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Leah Herring became a smoker in junior high when she swiped a cigarette out of her grandfather's pack "just to see what it was like. " At 20, the Rowan University junior smokes two cigarettes during the 10-minute break between classes, tossing her used Marlboros among the many cigarette butts that litter the campus. She smokes a pack a day - or two packs a day on party weekends. Herring is one of the 28.7 percent of college students who smoke - a figure that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns is on the rise.
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November 17, 1995 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / TOM GRALISH
All that huffing and puffing yesterday was the sound of people taking sides in the 19th annual Great American Smokeout. Steve Strohm was among those who opted out, while Leona Butts of Independence Blue Cross helped spread the word.
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November 16, 1995 | By Denise-Marie Santiago, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A loud scream of protest may issue forth from a number of area schools this afternoon. Against smoking. Targeting youngsters during today's 19th annual Great American Smokeout, the American Cancer Society has recruited schools here and across the country to devote class time to the dangers of tobacco. While the event includes a week of classroom activities, the day culminates at 2 p.m. when students nationwide will be given free rein to scream their lungs out in a Smokescream.
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March 4, 1993 | by Becky Batcha, Daily News Staff Writer
TAKE A GOOD LOOK BEHIND YOU. Last year, "Linda Hamilton arms" were the talk of the workout circuit, and free weights were the implements of torture of the moment. Now the body part to suffer for is a tush like the Sports Illustrated swimsuit models, and exercise gurus are espousing two new paths to perfection. The first, the "Buns of Steel" video series, has already made a celebrity of "Buns Girl" Tamilee Webb. "People are starting to recognize me more and more when I go out," said the 32-year-old San Diegan.
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November 22, 1991 | MICHAEL MERCANTI/ DAILY NEWS
Despite the help of the Pep Boys, Manny, Moe and Jack, fewer hard-core smokers turned in their butts for apples during the American Cancer Society's 15th annual Great American Smokeout this year. "They really wanted to hold on to their cigarettes," said Donna Bleznak of U.S. Healthcare, which sponsored an apple swap for smokes at a booth at Independence Hall. "I don't know if it's the price of the cigarettes or what. " Bleznak said only 62 ciggies were collected, compared to 125 last year.
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November 21, 1991 | By Dave Urbanski, Special to The Inquirer
Twenty million Americans are expected to snuff out their butts today. Each year, the Great American Smokeout, a campaign designed to encourage smokers to quit for the day, wins more converts, a spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society said. Marie Skinner, executive director at the Gloucester County unit of the American Cancer Society, said that the smokeout was attracting more and more smokers each year, and that last year about 19 million Americans took part, an increase of about a million from 1989.
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