The effort has made a huge impact nationwide. Locally, many are promising to quit smoking because of it.
We're here to try to get people to quit and commit to quit, said organizer Eileen Gleason.
For Chris Velasquez, quitting his cigarette addiction has made a world of difference.
“It helps you breathe a lot better. I'm a lot more active since I quit smoking. I don't get migraines, headaches, or any of that stuff,” Velasquez says.
“Progress and benefits start as soon as you stop. Within 20 minutes, your blood pressure and heart rate starts to decrease,” Gleason says.
The Smokeout features vivid illustrations of the dangers of smoking, which made a difference for Velasquez.
“When you're smoking you're really addicted, people tell you to stop. You've got to really see stuff that gets the message across,” Velasquez says.
“When they see it in there face, they say that's what my lung looks like? Yes your lungs are turning black,” says Gleason.
Anyone who promised to quit at the event were offered gift cards and were entered to win a free turkey.
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