Wichita County Set To Participate in National American Smokeout Day

WICHITA FALLS, TX - Are you thinking about quitting smoking but not sure you're ready to take the plunge?

Thursday night, the Wichita Falls - Wichita County Public Health District hopes to encourage Texomans to do so as it takes part in the American Cancer Society's National American Smokeout Day.

The event titled "Tobacco Knock Out" will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Pueblo Boxing located at 1007 7th Street in downtown Wichita Falls.

The Wichita County Tobacco Prevention & Control Coalition wants to educate the youth about tobacco use and also be a support system for Texomans who want to break the habit.

"It's going to be a great evening free to the whole family. There will be boxing and sparing to get people to be nicotine free for one evening. Even if you're not nicotine free its to show lung power and healthy living for the whole family," said Kimberly Donahue, program manager of the Wichita County Tobacco Prevention & Control Coalition.

Donahue said their goal is encourage smokers to use the date as day to  make a plan to quit tobacco use. She said they are encouraging everyone in the community to come out and enjoy a fun night out with the family while bringing awareness to the deadly effects of smoking. They will also providing the community with resources to live a smoke free life.

Througout the night, Pueblo Boxing will be offering free boxing classes and sparing events will be taking place. There will also be a photo booth as well.

"We're hoping to present positive awareness that even just quitting smoking for an hour or just a try," said Donahue."Also, teaching tobacco prevention awareness for teens or teaching kids that second hand smoke is dangerous so that we can start that spark here in Wichita County."

While it may be hard to quit tobacco, research shows that smokers are more successful breaking the habit when they have support. Event organizers say they will have information for Texomans interested in quiting smoking or using smokeless tobacco products.

Some of the resources that will be offered include:smoking cessation classes, a quit line that offers people two weeks of nicotine replacement therapy, and putting them in contact with agencies to assist.

The number to call is 1-877-QUIT-NOW

, Newschannel 6