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Great American Smokeout underway in Mid-Michigan

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(11/15/12) - It's a day when it's cool to be a quitter.

The American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout celebration is underway, with dozens of events scheduled across Mid-Michigan.

Just like that, with a quick toss of a pack into the Quit Pit, 35 years of smoking is hopefully over for James Bailey.

As part of the American Cancer Society's 37th annual Great American Smokeout, The Quit Network encouraged smokers to drop by Rocky's Great Outdoors, and to burn up those butts once and for all.

A big crowd had already gathered before the sun came up.

"My father, I lost him to lung cancer about six years ago, so this isn't just a program, this is very personal to me. I'd like to be able to help people in the community to start quitting," said Keith O'Neal, Quit Coach for the Quit Network.

"We want the whole nation to get on board to take those butts, throw them in the fire and quit today. We've got all the resources and support to help you," said Alicia Gardner of the American Cancer Society.

Sometimes, the best support comes from someone who's been through it before.

"You've got to stop, or you can be like me. I smoked for 18 years, and now I'm living with oxygen probably for the rest of my life, who knows how long it will be. Hopefully for a while, but you've got to learn that smoking is so dangerous," said former smoker Steve Carroll.

That message was heard loud and clear by dozens of kids, who signed a pledge to commit to never start smoking in the first place.

The Quit Pit will be out at Rocky's until 7 p.m. Thursday.

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