WRITTEN BY NICOLAS FERNANDES

St. Francis College will hold its ninth annual Great American Smokeout tomorrow in an effort to help students quit smoking.

The event — which will be run by Brother Gregory Cellini, NYC Smoke-Free and Student Activities — will include the distributing of free nicotine patches and gum, free breakfast and lunch, the sharing of literature and karaoke.

“I think this event will do much to raise awareness about smoking habits on campus and perceptions of tobacco use in general within the St. Francis student body,” Julia Cuthbertson of NYC Smoke-Free told SFC Today.

The smokeout has led to students quitting in the past and has given hope to those who remain smokers.

Even students who were not able to quit after attending have benefited by receiving patches and gum and learning about how they can quit in the future.

“Perhaps the most important aspect of GASO is that it represents St. Francis College’s annual recommitment to the health and well-being of its community,” Cuthbertson added.

The event also aims to get students to obey the no smoking policy on campus each year.

After the event, NYC Smoke-Free will work with SFC on an ongoing basis to educate students, faculty and staff on the effects of secondhand smoke and the importance of having a smoke-free campus.

The event will be held in the cafeteria from 10 am to 4 pm.

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