Alaska tries novel idea for Smokeout: trade cigs for a sub

Herald staff

WASILLA, Alaska — Need to kick the cigarette habit? No problem. Just trade that pack of smokes for 6 inches of meat, lettuce and tomato.

Two Subway stores, in conjunction with the Mat-Su Tobacco Control Alliance and a local hospital, offered a free cold turkey sub to the first 200 people Thursday who brought in at least a half pack of cigarettes and signed a pledge to try to quit smoking.

The cigs-for-sandwich deal was offered as part of the 24th annual Great American Smokeout. A national effort sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the smokeout tries to get smokers to quit for one day to prove they can.

People also could trade in a similar quantity of other tobacco products, such as snuff and chew.

The pledge is not binding and the swap is not a great bargain. A half turkey sub is valued at about $3.50. A half pack of cigarettes sells for around $2 in Alaska.

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