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Local Businesses Recognize the Annual Great American Smoke Out
November 20 , 2014

On Thursday November 20, the Tobacco Free Partnership of DeSoto teamed up with the Arcadia Housing Authority and Transpower Construction Services, Inc., to promote tobacco cessation resources to employees by recognizing the annual Great American Smoke Out.

Postcards were created with the special message to “Trust the Quitter in You,” and encouraged employees to utilize the three free and easy ways to quit offered by Tobacco Free Florida. These postcards were mailed out to the employees. Becky Sue Mercer, Director of the Arcadia Housing Authority, said that the postcards would also most likely be mailed out to tenants as well, to broaden the scope of the message to more than just the employees.

Great American Smoke Out

Whitney Browning, Tobacco Prevention Specialist for DeSoto, agreed. ”When the message is something as important as encouraging people to quit using tobacco, it is just wonderful when it can be extended to reach more than just the intended audience.”

The Great American Smoke Out is an observance that raises awareness about the dangers of smoking and the many effective resources available to successfully quit. It is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and is currently in its 39th year.

For more information on tobacco cessation resources in DeSoto County, contact Whitney Browning at