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Girl Scouts say the time to quit smoking is now

Cookie booths to promote tobacco-free lifestyle

HOUSTON (March 8, 2011) –. Girl Scout booths don’t have to be just for cookie sales. Throughout the next month, Cy-Fair Cadette Troop #14164 will be distributing 500 reusable bags at cookie booths with the message: “Smoking…the one time in life it’s ok to quit,” as part of their Breathe Journey, a themed action plan challenging girls to discover themselves, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place.

“This Journey is a wonderful way our Girl Scouts are exhibiting great leadership in our community,” said CEO Mary Vitek. “Not only are the girls helping the environment by promoting a tobacco-free lifestyle, but they are championing a cause that impacts the health of millions across the country.

The bags will include information on the health risks associated with smoking and the impact smoking has on the environment. It will also include links to websites that include information on how to quit smoking.

“Throughout this project, the girls have learned a lot of details about a subject they really only knew the basics about,” said Troop Leader Sarah Calhoun. “In researching the issue, they have connected with their families and community, both people they know and people they don't, and will have the opportunity to further discuss the dangers of smoking at their cookie booths.”

The project is also part of the Girl Scouts Forever Green Program, a nationwide effort to help girls make their communities more “green.”

As part of the project, scouts demonstrated how reducing smoking will cut down on green house gases from burning cigarettes and reduce cigarette butt litter. In addition, the project will reduce waste, since the girls will use the bags exclusively at cookie booths instead of plastic bags.

“Hopefully, people will use the bags over and over and increase the number of times the message on the bags is delivered,” said Sarah. “The girls hope their message and all the facts from the flier inside the bag will inspire someone to quit smoking or at least investigate the possibility.”

The troop’s cookie booth will be stationed at the following grocery store locations:

  • Sunday, March 20th - 2:00pm. KROGER (362/3) 17455 Spring Cypress - Cypress
  • Sunday, March 27th- 4:00pm. KROGER (362/3) 17455 Spring Cypress - Cypress

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world's preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 76,000 girls served and nearly 18,000 adult members in 26 southeast Texas counties.

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