SIU holds "Go Cold Turkey Bowl" to strike out smoking

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - Southern Illinois University Wednesday, students tried for a turkey to strike out smoking.

A turkey, by the way, is three strikes in a row.

Students hit the lanes tossing frozen turkeys instead of bowling balls.

It was all part of the "Go Cold Turkey Bowl" to mark the American Cancer Society's 36th Annual Great American Smoke Out.

The campaign urges folks to "quit cold turkey" for one day.

"In addition to the event of bowling we have quick-kits we are giving away to people, they are signing statements of commitment to quit smoking," said Michelle McLernon, with the SIU Wellness Center. "And, we are assigning buddies to them so they can bring a buddy along to help them along the day tomorrow. Just one day, 24-hours of not smoking."

In addition to the "cold turkey bowling," participants were asked to donate non-perishable foods or $1 to help feed those in need this Thanksgiving.

Smokers also had the option of donating $5, the round-about price of a pack of cigarettes to "adopt a turkey" for needy families.

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