The Carter County Health Department showcased its effort to persuade area residents to put out their cigarettes at the County Commissioner meeting Monday.

Ardmore’s Great American Smokeout from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum will encourage those who smoke to make a plan to quit as part of an initiative by the American Cancer Society. 

The Ardmore Fire Department will team with the Carter County Health Department for a barbeque cook-off, car show and fireman challenge for kids.

Smokers are challenged to put down the pack for at least a day, see how it goes then move forward in an effort to quit.

“Basically, the whole idea is to get people to make a plan to quit smoking on that day,” said Carter County Health Department representative Kristi Combes. “This is just for folks to try it out and see how they do.”

The smoke-out will benefit Girls on the Run of Southern Oklahoma, a program that provides young girls with tools to embrace themselves and live happy lives.

Shirts will be sold for $12 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Barbeque tasting kits for the people’s choice contest cost $10 in advance and $12 the day of the event. Carter County Health Department is also seeking judges for the barbeque portion of the event.

Materials may be purchased and judge inquiries may be made at www.klcombes.wixsite.com/smokeout.