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November 19, 2009

The Great American Smokeout – the Fight to Quit Continues

“Healthy Monday” a Way to Fight the Urge to Start Again

St. Francis College students, professors and administrators were out in full force for the 3rd Annual SFC Great American Smokeout on November 19.

Now, in an attempt to keep the momentum and help those wavering on the pledge, the coordinator of the event, Biology Professor Irina Ellison announces “Quit and Stay Quit Mondays.”

“The idea is to make each Monday of the year a reaffirmation or a recommitment to the goal of smoking cessation,” said Professor Ellison whose research includes studying how cigarette smoking affects African-American more severely than people from other races.

People who pledged to quit at the SFC Smokeout were given a free six-week supply of nicotine patches and treated to food, karaoke and information on how to quit and stay off cigarettes. The event ended with a talk by Kathleen A. O’Connell, PhD, RN, FAAN of Teachers College at Columbia University. Her talk entitled, “What It’s Really Like to Quit Smoking” was sponsored by the Metro New York Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

The Great American Smokeout has helped millions of smokers quit for good over the past 30 years. More information can be found on the Healthy Monday website, the American Cancer Society or by calling the American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345.

Attached Photos: (From L-R: Kathy Nolan, Jennifer O'Brien, Harini Patel, Kathleen O'Connell, Filomena Califano, Irina Ellison)

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.
St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

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