NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Service members and their families participated in the 37th annual Great American Smoke Out fun run at Naval Support Activity (NSA) Naples Nov. 15.
The event is a community outreach program designed to inform people about the health risks of tobacco, as well as provide them with ways to help stop tobacco use.
"This event will hopefully make people more aware of the risks of smoking and realize there are a lot more tools at their disposal to help quit," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Juan Alvarez, command fitness coordinator for U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Naples.
The event is always held the Thursday before Thanksgiving, and this is the first time the event incorporated a fun run.
"In the past, we have handed out pamphlets and other materials to help people quit smoking," said Health Promotions Manager Silvia Murray. "This year I decided to include a run and in the future hope to make it an official 5k race."
According to Hospital Corpsman Seaman Daniel Scott, USNH assistant command fitness leader, not only does this event encourage people to quit smoking, but it also promotes team-building skills.
"Throughout the run we never left a Sailor behind, and we kept each other motivated during the whole event," said Scott.
The Great American Smoke Out is not the only event at NSA Naples promoting tobacco cessation. In April there will be the Great American Spit Out for service members who chew or dip tobacco.
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