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Tobacco Free Partnership of Clay County and Students Working Against Tobacco Celebrate the Great American Smokeout
November 20, 2014

The 39th Annual Great American Smokeout was held on November 20, 2014. The American Cancer Society marks this day every year on the third Thursday of November by encouraging smokers to decide on that day to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. By quitting, even for one day, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life. The decision could lead to reducing cancer risk.

Clay County SWAT
Orange Park High School SWAT Celebrate the Great American Smokeout

Every day nearly 4,000 kids under 18 try their first cigarette and 1,000 kids under 18 years old become daily smokers. That equals more than 1 million teens a year. Smoking in the U.S. kills more people than alcohol, AIDS, car accidents, illegal drugs, murders, and suicides combined with thousands more dying from smokeless tobacco!

Clay County SWAT Students used the day to educate students and school district staff on the hazards of tobacco and the benefits of quitting. SWAT students made eye catching and informational displays throughout their schools. One example is the display on one of the classroom doors at Oakleaf Junior High School.

For more information on tobacco cessation resources available in Clay County, contact Joseph O’Hern at

GASO Display