Paul Mitchell Schools Participate in Great American Smokeout Challengeby Paul Mitchell Schools on 1/17/2008
On November 15, 2007, Paul Mitchell Cosmetology Schools around the country took part in the Great American Smokeout Challenge. The American Cancer Society designed the annual event to help smokers quit cigarettes for at least one day in the hopes that they will quit forever.
Several Paul Mitchell Schools have completely eliminated smoking from their campuses, including Paul Mitchell The School – San Diego; the Hair Academy – A Paul Mitchell Partner School in Rexburg, Idaho; and Academy NYC, a new Paul Mitchell Partner School that chose to go smoke-free from day one.
The Temple – A Paul Mitchell Partner School spent two months preparing to ban smoking from school property. Sixty days prior to kickoff, they discouraged all smoking on breaks. At a kickoff celebration, two Learning Leaders told how they kicked the habit and offered to mentor anyone who wanted to quit, and the school offered to pay for smoking cessation programs. Thirty days prior to kickoff, the Temple welcomed a guest speaker from the American Cancer Society and announced that they would become a smoke-free campus.
"Could I stop people from running two blocks to go smoke at lunch?" asked school owner Sharon Riser. "No, but I did not have to give them the opportunity to do it in front of our guests and other Future Professionals or on school property. Today we are enjoying the 'no butts' outside our school. Over eight Future Professionals have kicked the habit and many are down to just one or two cigarettes a day."
Ulupono Academy – A Paul Mitchell Partner School in Hawaii created "It's Just Not Cool to Smoke in School" posters and "Be Patient: Nonsmoker in Progress" stickers to cheer participants on. They celebrated their "cold turkey" smoke-free campus with a turkey lunch.
San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology – A Paul Mitchell Partner School kicked off their second annual smokeout with statistics about the effects of smoking, a smoking trivia contest, and goodie bags filled with mouthwash, toothpaste, breath mints, info on the benefits of smoking cessation, and other items to help participants get through the day.
North Haven Academy – A Paul Mitchell Partner School removed their outdoor smoking receptacles and put up posters showing the many reasons that smoking is unhealthy.