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Trade in your cigarette butts for bucks

PINELLAS PARK, Florida -- Smokers, you can cash in -- if you quit.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and local oncologists are rewarding people who kick the habit and get healthy.

The fourth annual Bucks for Butts campaign wants you to toss your half-full pack of cigarettes and sign a pledge to quit smoking.

"I think it's a big step towards not only a healthier America and you, but it's a statement made to say 'I can accomplish anything I want, I'm on top of the world,'" says Lan Nguyen, the director of WellSpring Oncology.

Dr. Robert Miller, the medical director at WellSpring Oncology, says while smoking is very addictive, it is possible to quit.

Bucks for Butts gives people a $5 Publix gift card as a little encouragement.

"This is a small way to, well, let's try this little thing. It's not going to help most smokers perhaps, but there's a certain group that will respond to this and it's just one little way to get people to stop smoking," says Dr. Miller.

Turn in your opened packs of cigarettes on Tuesday, November 13 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Jim and Heather Gills YMCA at 3200 1st Avenue South in St. Petersburg.

You can also drop them off at WellSpring Oncology.


Throughout the campaign, if you have successfully abstained from smoking, you will be eligible to be named the "grand quitter-winner" who will be chosen before Thanksgiving Day.


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