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Fresh news: Sultan parks go tobacco-free, June 11

Mayor Rowe keynotes the Osprey Park celebration at 2 p.m.

SNOHOMISH COUNTY---Sultan soon will become the fifth city in Snohomish County to freshen its parks with a healthier climate for kids. Sultan Mayor C. H. Rowe will proclaim Sultan parks voluntarily “tobacco-free” June 11 in ceremonies beginning at 2 p.m. at Osprey Park, 711 1st St, Sultan. The event is free and open to the public.

Signs reading “For Our Kids – Tobacco Free Parks” will be posted in Sultan’s four city parks as part of an educational campaign to protect children from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. "I'm proud to be part of a movement that will keep kids and their families safe from the effects of cigarette smoke and the unsightly litter left behind in our parks caused by smoking," said Mayor Rowe.

The “For Our Kids” program is a joint effort of the City of Sultan and the Snohomish Health District. Tobacco Free Snohomish County and Snohomish Health District will provide light refreshments, balloons and giveaways at their resource table.

“I congratulate Mayor Rowe and the City of Sultan for recognizing that parks are a place to promote health in many ways,” said M. Ward Hinds, MD, MPH, Health Officer for Snohomish Health District. “Kids copy what they see adults doing---and if they see a park free of smokers, they are more likely to recognize this as the norm.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, an estimated 3,000 nonsmoking Americans die of lung cancer each year, and up to 300,000 infants and children suffer from lower respiratory infections due to exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke.

For more information about this event or other activities of the Tobacco Free Snohomish County Coalition, please call Mandi George, 425.339.5279.

Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at

Directions to Osprey Park:

Take Hwy 2 to 3rd (after the bridge); turn left on Main St. (Main turns into 1st St.) Drive 7 blocks to High St. Osprey Park is on the left at the corner of 1st and High. The ceremony will be in the covered basketball court in front of the parking lot.

Related Local Events in June

Partnering for Clean Air: The Smart Business of Being Smoke Free
Wednesday, June 18, 2003, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Crystal Creek Café, 22620 Bothell-Everett Hwy., Bothell
Restaurant owners/managers in Bothell, Mill Creek, and Edmonds are invited to participate in a community discussion with local restaurant owners who realized the cost benefits of a tobacco-free establishment, and also with owners who are considering a tobacco-free policy. For more information contact Deanne Thompson at 425.339.8632 or

Tobacco Needs Assessment with Tulalip and Stillaguamish Tribes
Tuesday, June 24, 2003, Noon - 2 p.m.
Snohomish Health District Auditorium, 3020 Rucker Avenue, Everett
Snohomish Health District and Group Health Community Foundation cordially invite you to a luncheon to learn about the tobacco needs of the Native American population of Tulalip and Stillaguamish Tribes. To RSVP contact Mandi George at 425.339.5279 or

“Pump Up Your Training Skills!” with Guila Muir,
Wednesday, June 25, 2003, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Snohomish Health District, 3020 Rucker Ave., Auditorium
Review and practice the tenets of adult learning. Learn and discuss facilitative, outcome-focused teaching skills. No cost for training. Lunch is on your own. Space is limited; RSVP by June 20 to Pat Sickler, 425.339.8631 or

Tobacco Cessation Facilitator Training
Thursday, June 26, 2003, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Providence Everett Medical Center, Women's & Children's Pavilion, Room 5 916 Pacific, Everett
For individuals interested in facilitating tobacco cessation classes. Contact Eloise Gray at 425.339.8657 or