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The Michigan Daily - Friday, November 22, 1996 - 5

'Smokeout' aims to stop cigarette use

By David Rosaman
Daily Staff Reporter
Patroling the Diag and looking to stomp out fel-
Ilow flames, Stephanie Klempner stood dressed as
"M§. Butts" - a-giant cigarette butt - to spread
the message of the Great American Smokeout Day.
"This is a big deal for us," said Klempner, an LSA
junior and University Students Against Cancer mem-
ber. "Ms. Butts has become a tradition - it's an atten-
'tion getter."
And it worked.
"I'm surprised somebody
hasn't punched that thing
yet," said psychology Prof. Makim
hristopher Peterson..
Members of USAC stood go outam
outside in the cold yesterday . e
*etermined to help smokers Inl c ll
IMc the habit. cr l
As part of the 20th annu- crueL
al nationwide effort by theK
American Cancer Society to -
educate people about the C
Harmful effects of smoking,
and provide support for those who are quitting,
OSAC organized Great American Smokeout Day
events on campus.
"By the afternoon, over 100 people signed sheets
*sying that they were willing to quit (smoking) for
the day," said Brian Drozdowski, USAC president.
Several USAC members, an official from ACS and
Aive cigarette butt character spent yesterday talking
with people on the Diag and passing out information
'We like to ask people to take time and think about
why they smoke," said Lailea Noel, ACS Washtenaw
area executive director.
"Time is being spent on college campuses today

getting people to stop (smoking), and we're asking
middle school students not to start," she said.
Peterson said many smokers must make seven or
eight attempts to quit before they are successful, and
he questioned the smokeout day's value.
"I wonder if the usefulness of the smokeout day
has passed," Peterson said. "Most people (quit
smoking) on their own - they don't rely on the
patch or hypnosis.
"It's not just a bad habit, I think it's become a moral
issue," he said.

dl smoke
d- that's
rgistina Primorac
igarette smoker

Just minutes from the
events on the Diag, crowds
of smokers could be found
nestled next to buildings -
in which smoking is prohib-
Spanish lecturer Kristina
Primorac said she had no
idea yesterday was Great
American Smokeout Day,
but likened smokers to
handicapped people.
"As addicted people, we

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"They weren't pushing that hard,"
Blake said. "It wasn't a typical election
with lots of people out on the Diag and
things like that."
Those that did turn out to cast a bal-
lot seemed more concerned with
assembly issues than posters and fliers
they had seen.
"I voted pretty much by party
because I felt like I knew what the par-
ties stood for;" said LSA sophomore
Leyla Scashaani. "The foreign lan-
guage requirement was an important
issue for me."
Engineering first-year student Mike
Nuse said he was ready to see new
blood on the assembly.
"I got a chance to talk to some of the
candidates when they visited some of
the groups I'm involved in," Nuse said.
"I think the most important issue is see-
ing new faces on the assembly and
ensuring the assembly moves in a new
direction - I figure change is good"
Some students said voting yesterday
was more convenient than Wednesday.
"I wanted to vote yesterday, but I just
didn't see a polling site anywhere so I
had to wait until today," Scashaani said
yesterday morning.
Supporters of the three student fee
increase ballot proposals said they were
not worried by the low turnout.

"I'm hoping that the people that did
turn out. voted in favor of (the Project
Serve and Black Volunteer Network
ballot proposal)," said Project Serve
Director Anita Bohn. "I think all of us
involved in Project Serve are out there
voting, but the service community is
pretty unanimous in their support of
this - it's not just our people.'
LSA Rep. Jonathan Winick, who
drafted the fee increase to benefit gen-
eral MSA funds, said low turnout will
not affect his proposal.
"Turnout is dependent on a lot of
things, none of which have to do with
the ballot question," Winick said. "It's
hard to tell what effect turnout will
have, but I think the increase for MSA
funds will pass because the way it was
worded gave students all the facts
involved - they know exactly where
the money will go."
Blake said the elections came and
went without any major snags, but th' t
the hardest part is still to come.
'Both days went pretty smoothly. We
didn't have any major violations and we
didn't have to call DPS on anyone,"
Blake said.
Blake said that despite lower totals
than in past years, the Fishbowl and the
Union still attracted the most voters. -
Poll workers extended the hours of
the EECS site an hour to appease voter
demand. The sight was the most popu-
lar on North Campus.

have a handicap'" Primorac said.
"Other handicapped people are provided with sup-
port, so I think there should be smoking areas in build-
ings," Primorac continued.
LSA junior Shawn Ohl, who was smoking outside
the Modem Languages Building between classes,
agreed with Primorac.
"Making people go out and smoke in the cold -
that's cruel," Ohl said.
While it is difficult for a person to cease smoking
is a single day, USAC hopes that yesterday was a
beginning for those who want to make the commit-
"If(a person) can say, 'Great, I made it through the

day without a cigarette,' that's a start,' Drozdowski
said. "A journey of a thousand miles starts with one
step, right?"
USAC is committed throughout the year to events
aimed at helping students curb different types of can-
cer-causing habits.
The next USAC meeting is open to the University
community and will be held at 8 p.m. Monday in the
Wolverine Room of the Michigan Union.
"New members are always welcome," Drozdowski
"Next term, one of our projects will be to pass
out free sunblock to help reduce (people's) expo-
sure to the sun. Even if it's for one day, it's a start,"
he said.

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