The American Cancer Society has scheduled the Great American Smokeout for today to encourage smokers to quit for a day in the hope they may quit for good.
Even though the Smokeout officially began in 1977, the event's roots reach back to 1971, when Arthur P. Mullaney challenged the citizens of Randolf, Mass., to give up cigarettes for the day and donate the saved money to a high school scholarship fund. Mullaney coined the term Smokeout.
For more information, call Webster County Public Health at 573-4107. The toll-free telephone number for Quitline Iowa is (800) QUITNOW. The American Cancer Society's number is (800) ACS-2345. Information also is available on the American Cancer Society's website at www.cancer.org.