Page 5 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 20, 1985
By KYSA CONNETT
University Health Service will offer
campus cigarette smokers a deal
tomorrow: Pledge to kick the habit
for 24 hours and get a chance to win
such prizes as a Cottage Inn pizza or a
. gift certificate from Stein and Goetz
"Deals" like this one will be offered
to smokers all over the nation
tomorrow as part of an event called
the Great American Smokeout. The
Amnerican Cancer Society is spon-
soring the event to try to get people to
stop smoking for at least one day.
THE CAMPUS event will take place
in the "Fishbowl" from 10 a.m. to 2
p.m. Thursday. Smokers will be asked
to make a pledge to stop smoking for
24 hours and also to break one of their
own cigarettes and throw it into a
glass bin -'what Sherri Gorelick, an
organizer of the event,calls "a sym-
bolic gesture of quitting for the day."
Non-smokers may also get in-
volved. "We didn't want to penalize
people who don't smoke," explained
Gorelick. If you are a non-smoker you
can, "...adopt a smoker and pledge to
give that person moral support for the
24 hours," she said.
When you pledge, either to stop
smoking or to help a smoker, you are
rewarded by having your name
placed in the raffle with a chance at
winning a host of prizes donated by
LAST YEAR, when the Health Ser-
vice sponsored the event for the first
time, only about several hundred
people participated. "But last year it
wasn't at the Fishbowl. We're hoping
that this year more people who don't
know about it and are just walking by
will join," Gorelick said.
A class called "Say No To Nicotine"
that helps people attempt to stop
smoking permanently will be
publicized during the event. The 3-
week class sponsored by Health Ser-
vice costs ten dollars and has a proven
CHICAGO (UPI) - People are un-
dergoing twice as many medical X-
rays as they did in 1964 but are being
exposed to less total radiation from
the exams than they were 20 years
ago, a Food and Drug Administration
scientist said this week.
Technological advances have
allowed scientists to drastically
reduce the size of X-ray beams and
make other improvements, reducing
dosages and risk of patient exposure
to radiation by almost 50 percent, said
David Johnson, a scientist from the
FDA's Center for Devices and
"FOR THE population as a whole,
the combined effect of improvements
in beam limitation and decreases in
exposure from medical X-rays have
more than compensated for the in-
crease in the usage rate of medical X-
rays," he said.
Johnson told an annual meeting of
radiologists in Chicago that while X-
rays are safer than ever, more sen-
sitive X-ray film and a more efficient
way to process it could help reduce
radiation exposure even further.
"We're not saying everything is at
the ultimate state right now, but we're
very happy with progress so far,"
Johnson said in a telephone interview.
"THERE ARE still some areas
where further improvements can be
made, and with new technology we
expect that will happen."
Johnson said one problem in the
past was that the size of the X-ray
beam was much larger than the film
that recorded it, meaning that
a patient's body was exposed to a great
deal of unnecessary radiation.
Johnson said his agency has been
monitoring the use of X-ray
examinations since 1964, when about
100 million such exams were perfor-
med. The number is now above 200
million, and there are currently more
than 130,000 medical X-ray machines
in the country.
success rate, said Gorelick.
"Unfortunately, I'm not so sure that
if someone stops for one day it will
prevent them from chain-smoking a
pack the next day," said Gorelick.
"I'm into kicking the habit totally."
GORELICK noted that smoking is
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