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History of the Great American Smokeout

Last updated 6 years ago

Smoking was a normal part of American life during the 1970s, and it was not until 1971 that a small town idea created the catalyst for national change. 

In this video, The American Cancer Society provides a brief overview on the history of the great American Smokeout. In 1971, a Massachusetts man asked his neighbors to try and give up smoking for one day. A small Minnesota town followed suit in 1974 with the first Don’t Smoke Day, spotlighting the health risks and encourage people to quit. Learn more about how the American Cancer Society’s California division convinced nearly 1 million people to quit smoking for a day in this full clip. 

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