Relay for Life to Hold Great American Smokeout During Lunch Periods


By Mara Shapiro

Relay for Life will be holding The Great American Smokeout to raise awareness about lung cancer and discourage tobacco usage at their table outside the Student Commons during lunch periods on Thursday, Nov. 15.

According to senior Relay for Life chair Divya Shah, tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States.

Shah feels that one of the goals of Relay is to encourage kids to make responsible and healthy choices.

“We are sponsoring this year’s Great American Smokeout with the American Cancer Society to promote being tobacco-free. Besides planning the Relay event in June, it is our responsibility as a club to promote a healthy lifestyle for our peers, which includes staying away from tobacco and cigarettes,” Shah said.

Senior Relay for Life member Stephanie Swanson feels that students should not smoke because of all the negative aspects of it.

“It’s unattractive, [it] smells really bad, it’s unhealthy, and you can get cancer,” Swanson says.

Games, pamphlets and flyers will be at the Smokeout table. Students can discuss smoking and play the games for prizes, including candy and gift cards.