ARCC students kick butt to quit smoking

People were literally kicking butt at Anoka-Ramsey Community College March 21.

Abdullahi Farah kicks butt at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, March 21. The activity was part of a Kick Butts Day event sponsored by QUITPLAN Services to encourage students to kick the smoking habit. Photo by Kelly Johnson

Abdullahi Farah kicks butt at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, March 21. The activity was part of a Kick Butts Day event sponsored by QUITPLAN Services to encourage students to kick the smoking habit. Photo by Kelly Johnson

That’s because QUITPLAN Services had brought a cigarette punching bag to the Coon Rapids campus as part of national Kick Butts Day.

The event was offered as a way to encourage current smokers, past smokers and those who simply hate cigarettes to symbolically and literally kick the habit.

Those smokers participating in the event were encouraged to sign up for the QuitCash Challenge, a quit and win contest with someone winning $5,000.

Participants must quit smoking by April 1 and remain quit throughout April to be eligible to win the prize, said Marietta Dreher, director of Marketing and Communications for ClearWay Minnesota.

Dreher said the Kick Butts Day event was aimed at college students because 18 to 24 years olds have the highest smoking rate in Minnesota.

For more information, call the QUITPLAN Helpline at 1-888-354-7526 or visit www.quitplan.com.

Kelly Johnson is at kelly.johnson@ecm-inc.com

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