ARCC students kick butt

Anoka-Ramsey Community College students high kicked, jabbed and threw punches at a giant cigarette butt punching bag last week.

Mack Caruso kicks butt and Victoria Wilburn takes a swing at it, hurling her backpack at QuitPlan’s cigarette punching bag set up on campus at Anoka-Ramsey Community College March 20, National Kick Butts Day. The students put into action their vow to kick their tobacco habits for good. Photo by Sue Austreng

Mack Caruso kicks butt and Victoria Wilburn takes a swing at it, hurling her backpack at QuitPlan’s cigarette punching bag set up on campus at Anoka-Ramsey Community College March 20, National Kick Butts Day. The students put into action their vow to kick their tobacco habits for good. Photo by Sue Austreng

The butt was set up in ARCC’s business nursing building as part of QuitPlan Service’s recognition of National Kick Butt Day, March 20.

“We’re targeting the young adult audience – 18- to 24-year-olds – because that’s a really important age range,” said Eliza Appert Chlebeck, QuitPlan representative on site at ARCC.

“Young adults are smoking more than any other age group, so this is a great audience to share information on quitting tobacco,” Appert Chlebeck said as student volunteers distributed QuitPlan smoking cessation brochures to classmates.

Students who registered to kick the tobacco habit were also invited to sign up for the QuitCash Challenge, a quit-and-win contest that awards one lucky quitter $5,000.

In addition to the ARCC display, QuitPlan Kick Butt tables were set up at Hennepin Technical College and at Inver Hills Community College March 20.

“We just really want to let people know there are resources, there are steps to take, there is support for anyone who wants to quit smoking,” said Appert Chlebeck.

Free QuitPlan quitting services include live chats on Facebook, quit tips delivered via email, telephone counseling and free nicotine patches, lozenges or gum to eligible callers. Reach the help line by dialing 1-888-354-7526.

For more information about QuitPlan’s Kick Butt tobacco cessation program, visit www.quitplan.com.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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