Health unit at Shield game next week to score against flavoured tobacco products
GRAVENHURST – Scoring points against harmful flavoured tobacco products will the goal of health unit workers at a junior hockey game here next week.
There will be great games going on at both ice level and in the lobby at the Centennial Centre on Friday, Nov. 8 when the South Muskoka Shield take on the Seguin Huskies, says the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.
Youth volunteers with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit are encouraging community members, especially youth, to come out to the game and stop by their Freeze The Industry interactive display and games designed to raise awareness and build support for a ban on flavoured tobacco products.
There will be lots of giveaways, great information and everything from a Plinko game to a cauldron of chemicals disguised with fruit and candy flavouring, just like chew and other tobacco products.
The teens will also be hoping people sign a petition asking the federal government to ban the use of flavouring in tobacco products, to help prevent their peers from becoming addicted.
They chose the Centennial Centre for their event because it is a100-per-cent tobacco–free facility where the use of any kind of tobacco product, lit or unlit, is prohibited.
“These youth are committed to their cause and are eager to talk with other kids, parents and spectators to spread the word that it’s time to Freeze The Industry,” says Tracey Burnet-Greene, the youth advisor with the health unit’s tobacco program.
“We hope the community will get behind their efforts to raise awareness about tobacco industry marketing tactics that are used to hook new customers young and for life!”
Game time is 8 p.m.
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