Local high school students who are part of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) participated in the Great American Smokeout Thursday.
Colleen Wiley, a junior at Clay City Jr./Sr. High School, said students "plastered the school" with anti-tobacco posters Wednesday after class.
This includes the very popular "hair tongue" poster, showing one of the effects of smoking, which is usually placed near the cafeteria.
SADD members manned a table outside the cafeteria Thursday during the lunch hour with a lung capacity demonstration, comparing a healthy human lung with the lung of a smoker.
The real organs are attached to a machine which pumps air into them.
Students also had the opportunity to play the "Emphysema Game," where they were challenged to breathe through a straw while doing jumping jacks.
Students were rewarded with stickers and other anti-tobacco paraphernalia for participation.
Wiley said her favorite demonstration of the effects of smoking is a display of cigarette boxes with the brand logo replaced with diseases associated with smoking.
The Smokeout seems to help younger students make decisions, according to Wiley.
She said by the time students reach high school, they have already made their decision about trying smoking.
"Along with Kick Butts Day, I think it makes kids think about it," Wiley said.
According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), this is the 31st anniversary of the Great American Smokeout.
The idea began in Randolph, Mass., in 1971, when Arthur P. Mullaney asked people to quit smoking for one day, and give the money that would have been spent on cigarettes to a high school scholarship fund.
In 1976, the California Division of the ACS put on the first Great American Smokeout, and more than one million people quit smoking for the day.
This year, ACS is offering a free telephone-based counseling program called Quitline to help smokers create a plan for ending tobacco use. A web version is also available at http://www.cancer.-org/greatamericans.
The phone number for the Quitline is 1-800-ACS-2345.
ACS is also offering downloadable quit assist tools on the website.
Great American Smokeout is part of the ACS Great American Health Change, a campaign to change unhealthy lifestyles as a means of cancer prevention.
NHS?SADD?advisor Deb Allen could not be reached for comment.