The Great American Smokeout Anti-Smoking Event for Teens

By City of Chinono-smoking-md

Chino teens can participate in the Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 4:00-6:00 p.m., at the Chino Experience Teen Center, 13196 Monte Vista Avenue, Chino, CA.

The event will feature life-saving/anti-smoking information, door prizes, an art showcase, music, and light refreshments. At this powerful event, teens are challenged to live healthy, tobacco-free lives.

The Great American Smokeout occurs annually on the third Thursday of November and is intended to encourage young people to stop smoking or not start at all.  The Teen Advisory Committee Chairperson and Teen Center participant, Noemi Lemus said, “I am looking forward to participating in this year’s event.  It is so important to get this message out there, and show teens how smoking can affect the rest of their lives.”

According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the U.S., yet about 42 million Americans still smoke cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking-related illnesses in the United States cost more than $300 billion each year, including nearly $170 billion for direct medical costs for adults and more than $156 billion in lost productivity due to premature death and secondhand smoke.

The longer a person avoids tobacco, the healthier they’ll get, which is why the Chino Teen Advisory Committee, Healthy Chino, Chino Valley Unified School District, and the American Cancer Society have partnered to observe the annual Great American Smokeout.

For more information, please contact the Chino Experience Teen Center at 909.334.3268.