In 1975, a group of people in Boston was looking for a way to celebrate New Year’s without the heavy use of alcohol that normally accompanied the festivities. The result of their efforts was the initial First Night, a celebration of the arts and creativity that was appropriate for people of all ages. In the coming decades, the idea spread around the globe, with more than 250 such sober celebrations taking place in some years.
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Do tobacco free addiction programs provide better sobrity rates? In the five decades since the landmark Surgeon General’s report, Smoking and Health, tobacco control policies have radically changed social norms and led to steep declines in tobacco use. But as smoking prevalence declined overall, tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure remained high among some groups.