"Lick It for Good" is the theme of the Nov. 17 Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the Utah Division of the American Cancer Society. All smokers in Utah are encouraged to refrain from smoking on that day and hopefully lick the habit for good.
South Valley Unit volunteers are joining two West Jordan companies to make the day successful for their smokers.DeVon Jensen at Natter Manufacturing Co. and Lorraine Day at Interstate Brick Co. are planning a day that will include an "Adopt a Smoker" program, in which an employee will provide emotional support during the working day for a co-worker who abstains from smoking. A large ashtray will hold the tobacco traded in for snacks provided by Smith's.
Cheryl Pierce, respiratory nurse at Holy Cross Hospital, will work with doctors, nurses and patients to encourage them to stop smoking for the day. All babies born in Utah hospitals on Smokeout Day will receive a shirt stamped "I'm a Born Nonsmoker."
The South Valley Unit will also take literature and posters to 70 shops and small businesses along Redwood Road in West Jordan, South Jordan and Riverton. Also receiving literature will be 19 elementary and middle schools in the area. The American Cancer Society reaches high schools through an intensive program at the district level.
Heading up the South Valley effort are Mike Sessions, president; Velma Cain, Agnes Chidester, Grace Walker, Jill Paskett, Marr Kartchner and Virginia Lee. For more information, call Carla Glasker at the American Cancer Society, 322-0431.