SNOHOMISH COUNTY --- The Everett AquaSox baseball franchise celebrates its twentieth season of healthy fun with "Strike Out Tobacco Week," July 20-27. This is the tenth year the AquaSox have teamed up with Snohomish Health District and Tobacco Free Snohomish County to promote healthier living --- and it’s the first year Everett Memorial Stadium is 100 percent tobacco-free.
The five nights of baseball, freebies and activities are scheduled for 4:05 p.m. Sun., July 20; 7:05 p.m. Thurs., July 24; 7:05 p.m. Fri., July 25; 7:05 p.m. Sat., July 26; and 4:05 p.m. Sun., July 27, Tobacco Free Snohomish County night. Gates open one hour before game time at Everett Memorial Stadium, 3802 Broadway, Everett.
“Washington State Quitline” information and signs reading “For Our Kids -- Tobacco Free Stadium” are posted around the ballpark to underscore the ways and means for healthier living. Before and during the games, fun and activities for fans include giveaways, contests, and fireworks.
Snohomish County Councilman and Health Board member Kirke Sievers will participate in opening the last game of “Strike Out Tobacco Week,” Sunday, July 27.
A nonsmoker, Sievers recalls growing up in a family of smokers. “I remember scooting down in my chair to avoid breathing the cloud of smoke in the living room, and when I went to school, everyone could smell the cigarette smoke on me,” said Sievers. “I think it’s important for children not to breathe secondhand smoke, and for them to see that people can choose not to use tobacco,” he said. "These are life-saving messages, and I applaud the AquaSox organization and Snohomish Health District for delivering them."
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 www.snohd.org.
For AquaSox ticket and parking information, visit www.aquasox.com, or call 425.258.3673.
Want to quit smoking? Here are two excellent resources for you: Washington State Quit Line,
1.877.270.STOP (7867); and the Snohomish County Tobacco Cessation Resource line, 425.339.5237.