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'Great American Smoke Out' encourages people to kick the habit


In the U.S., tobacco use is responsible for nearly one in five deaths.

Thursday is the annual Great American Smoke Out. The American Cancer Society uses the day to encourage smokers to quit for at least 24 hours.

At the University of Northern Iowa, students outlines of bodies around campus using chalk. Inside the body drawings, they wrote facts about tobacco use.

These UNI students, along with the American Cancer Society, hope people will think of everyone who is affected by smoking.

"So it's not just the people who are smoking and harming themselves, it's their loved ones in the car with the kids. We have really got to be educated on how harmful that can be. It's so easily preventable. It's the leading preventable causing death in the United States right now," said Kelly Angell of the American Cancer Society.

UNI students are also handing out white ribbons and "quit" kits Thursday.

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