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Today is the national observance of the Great American Smokeout, an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society in which smokers are encouraged to quit or make a plan to quit smo king.
Today also marks the official announcement of new ordinances effective Jan. 1, 2014 in the Cities of Claremont and Conover and the Town of Brookford that expand on local smoke-free policies.
To read more of this story, pick up the Thursday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.