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Great Falls College MSU Hosts Great American Smokeout

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GREAT FALLS - Great Falls College MSU and The Cascade City-County Health Department came together to host The Great American Smokeout.

One in four Montanans die everyday from a tobacco related illness.

 A statistic that Tobacco Prevention Specialist teddy Nault would like to see eliminated.

"If they haven't picked up a tobacco addiction by the time they're 18 sometimes that peer pressure can get to them when they're older and they get in crowds and its like well I might as well try this and the addiction starts." Nault said.

 The annual event challenges smokers to quit cigarettes for at least one day in hopes that they will quit for good. Something Great Falls College student Rachel Karnauskas  has been encouraging her Fianc√© to do for years.    

 "When we first started going out and various things like that he would smoke and I wouldn't be able to stand around him for a good 5 or 10 minutes after he went out for a smoke break." Karnauskas said.

 As a student Karnauskas says likes attending events like the smoke out because it was where she learned out about products that her fiance could use to help him quit.    

"Recently I asked him to quit smoking and now he does the e-cigarette or the hookah that has the liquid juice. Now I can breathe easier around him and I can actually have a good conversation with him." Karnauskas said.

But Nault says there are still some harmful products out there and that the smokeout helps to dispel some of those myths.    

"I want to educate students on the new products as well. Some of our folks are still experimenting with electronic cigarettes hookahs and personal vaping devices. I want them to get the skinny from me on what's going on that way." Nault said.

Nault says he's not sure as to how many people will actually put down their cigarettes but he hopes the event sent a strong message to students that its not too late to quit smoking or to simply say no.


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