They say smoking is one of the hardest habits to quit, but the Eastern Idaho Public Health District says just because it’s hard doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
Today the Health District put on the Great American Smoke Out event.
This is an event that was started back in the 1970’s by the American Cancer Society.
Their mission is to encourage those who smoke to quit smoking and those who don’t smoke to never start.
The first ten smokers to come to the event get to take home a free turkey from Glenwood if they give up their cigarettes.
Everyone who comes gets to take home a free gift bag full of goodies.
“It gives a lot of satisfaction to know that you’re giving people information that potentially has the ability to change their lives and what they do with that information is up to them because I cannot force anyone to quit, but what I can do is give them education information so that they’re at least making an informed choice” said Health Education Specialist Mimi Taylor.
The Health District says that 1 out of every 2 people who smoke will die from a smoking related illness.
The Great American Smoke Out was on Hollipark Drive in Idaho Falls.