NORMAN — The third Thursday of November is designated as the Great American Smokeout, and it has nothing to do with cooking turkeys.
The American Cancer Society sponsors today’s event, which encourages Americans to quit using tobacco products.
Tobacco-free efforts appear to be working in the state. The number of adult smokers in Oklahoma has decreased from 26.1 percent in 2011 to 23.3 percent last year.
Oklahoma’s rate has improved nationally, too. We are now 39th nationally compared to 47th in 2011. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Oklahoma had 75,000 fewer smokers in 2012 than in 2011.
Locally, The Tobacco Free Cleveland County Coalition will provide cold turkey sandwiches at the Little Axe Health Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. If you take the plunge and turn in your smokes and smokeless tobacco tins, they’ll hand over a gift pack.
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