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Archive for November 20th, 2008

FLORHAM PARK—The number of Americans traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend will drop slightly compared to last year, reports AAA. An estimated 41 million Americans are expected to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday 50 miles or more away from home, a decrease of 600,000 travelers (1.4 percent) from last year’s total of 41.6 million. This is the first decline in Thanksgiving holiday travel since 2002 and is the fourth consecutive holiday in 2008 where a year-to-year decrease was forecast. According to AAA, nearly one million people will originate their travels in New Jersey.

“While gas prices have dropped considerably, providing motorists much-need relief at the pump, the overall state of the economy continues to present real challenges for some families looking to travel this Thanksgiving,” says Rick Zeckendorf, vice president of travel services for the AAA New Jersey Automobile Club. “It’s important to note, however, that even in the face of these tough economic times, the desire to spend time with family and friends provides a strong incentive and many people are still planning to travel.”

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STATE—Do you know someone who smokes and would like to quit? Help mark the Great American Smokeout today by encouraging a friend or family member to check out New Jersey’s free or low-cost Quit Services that have already helped thousands of residents give up tobacco.

At the Department of Health and Senior Services Quit 2 Win web page, www.njquit2win.com/services.asp, you can learn more about available services and send an E-card to a smoker encouraging him or her to quit.

“Quitting smoking can be very difficult,” said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Heather Howard. “Our Quit Services—which provide advice and counseling, combined with support from friends and family—can give a person who smokes the best possible chance to give up tobacco and stay tobacco-free.”

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