Record Crowd for 8th Annual Turkey Trot

By: 
Eleanor Guerrero
CCN Senior Reporter

Photo by Ray Masters - The Urbanik family in full holiday attire. 

The 8th Annual Quit Cold Turkey Trot was held on Thanksgiving morning. It has become a Red Lodge tradition to use up calories, have a healthy family outing, benefit BareTooth Cupboards to bring food for locals in need and most importantly, highlight the benefits of not smoking, by a morning run.
Over 270 people turned out for the 5k walk/run or 1.5 trek. About 25 volunteers assisted.
The event was sponsored by Carbon County Tobacco Prevention Program, a service of Beartooth Billings Clinic and Beartooth Recreational Trails Association.
According to Jean Atherly, Tobacco Prevention Specialist, who runs the program said, “I always love seeing entire families from babies to grandmas participating as a family.” 
the top five finishers were: 1. Andy Van Ornum; 2. Tate Thompson; 3. Matt Schrowe; 4. Cameron Avent; and 5. Tyler Schrowe.
Voluntary donations for BareTooth Cupboards came in abundance totaling 230 pounds.
The event is a part of The Great American Smokeout, an annual day of action promoted by the American Cancer Society which challenges people to stop using tobacco, if only for one day. Although young people especially feel invincible, it can kill even those more susceptible at any age. If smoking continues at the current rate among U.S. youth, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. This represents about one in every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger
who are alive today.
On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.” Even occasional smoking is harmful. One in five adults still smoke.
Over 4,000 chemicals, including 43 known cancer-causing (carcinogenic) compounds and 400 other toxins. These cigarette ingredients include nicotine, tar, and carbon monoxide, as well as formaldehyde, ammonia, hydrogen cyanide, arsenic, and DDT. Nicotine is highly addictive.
Yet the body is so amazing that if you stop in a few months, the lining hairs of the lung, which are paralyzed by smoking, start to work again, cleaning your lungs to prevent toxic chemicals from being distributed in your body.
It affects young and old, the economy and even the health of a whole family. It costs the U.S. over $300 billion a year in health care and lost productivity.
According to the Center for Disease Control, “Coughs, colds, wheezing and asthma are just the start. Smoking can cause fatal diseases such as pneumonia, emphysema and lung cancer. It’s not just lung cancer since smoking causes 84 percent of deaths from lung cancer. Many are surprised to find the heart is greatly affected and 83 percent of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 1,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day.
For assistance in quitting the tobacco habit, call the free Montana Quit Line, 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

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