SNOHOMISH COUNTY --- Board of Health Chairman Kirke Sievers will hand the game ball to Granite Falls resident Gary Cushman of Granite Falls for throwing the first pitch at the 9th Annual Everett AquaSox Tobacco-free Night, July 28. Cushman, a smoker for 45 years, attended a smoking cessation class in February, 2001, and hasn’t had a cigarette since then. Snohomish Health District and Tobacco-free Snohomish County are sponsoring the evening of baseball, freebies and surprises at Everett Memorial Stadium, 3802 Broadway, Everett.
The gate opens at 6 p.m. Parking is free and admission is reasonable at $6 for general seating to watch the home team Everett AquaSox square off against the Yakima Bears. The Everett AquaSox are the short-season Class A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners organization.
“The first 1,000 kids to arrive at the park will get a ‘tobacco-free’ baseball cap,” said Mandi George, health educator for the public health district’s Tobacco Prevention and Control program. Youth volunteers from local Teens Against Tobacco Use clubs will help distribute the caps and more than 1,000 prizes throughout the game.
“About 65 kids are hooked each day on smoking in Washington state,” said George. “We’d sure like to whittle that number down to a healthy zero.”
To help with the whittling, bright orange trucks from the American Legacy Foundation will be set up in the main concourse for youth-oriented music and hands-on activities. The truth ™ trucks will feature DJ contests, video games, sports demonstrations and other fun education around smoking prevention. The trucks tour the nation during the summer, stopping at 200 cities to connect with teens to talk about smoking prevention.
During the 7th inning stretch four lucky fans each will win either a bowling party for eight or a skating party for eight at Lynnwood Lanes.
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works to improve the health of individuals, families and communities through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health District at www.snohd.org.
Want to quit smoking? Here are two excellent resources for you: Washington State Quit Line, 1.877.270.STOP; and the Snohomish County Tobacco Cessation Resource Line, 425.339.5237.