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Published on November 20, 2013

Delaware County Tobacco-Free Coalition Will Host Great American Smokeout Community Event

November 18, 2013 (Chester, PA) – On Nov. 21, the Delaware County Tobacco-Free Coalition will host a Great American Smokeout community recognition event inside the Boys & Girls Club, 201 E. 7th Street, Chester, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The public is welcome to attend this event which will include a state proclamation presented by State Representative Joseph T. Hackett; a county resolution presented by Councilman John P. McBlain; a city resolution presented by Chester City Mayor John Linder; recognition of Delaware County Youth Essay Contest winners; and recognition of local municipality youth tobacco-free zones.

Since 1976 on the 3rd Thursday of November, the American Cancer Society leads the Great American Smokeout. This year the Delaware County Tobacco-Free Coalition organized a Great American Smokeout writing contest for students between 3rd and 8th grades, with two groups: 3rd to 5th grades, and 6th to 8th grades. Students were asked to write a letter to either someone in their life who needs encouragement to quit using tobacco, or to someone in their life who does not smoke and is a great example of how to live a tobacco free life. The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each age group will have a chance to read their letters during the event and also receive their prizes along with the honorable mention students.

The event will also include a presentation regarding tobacco trends and will feature informational tables with the many resources available to residents in Delaware County. Examples of the information available will include:

  • CKHS Community Health Education team featuring their Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program and Kids Asthma Management Program.
  • Crozer’s Recovery Department.
  • Chester Drug Free Communities, a program affiliated with Crozer-Chester Medical Center and its Crozer Wellness Center.

To learn more about the Great American Smokeout event or to RSVP for the event, contact Chelsey Price at (484) 444-0412 or chelsey.price@holcombbhs.org.

Delaware County Tobacco-Free Coalition
The mission of the Delaware County Tobacco-Free Coalition is to improve the health and quality of life of all residents of the county by preventing, reducing, and eliminating tobacco use and exposure to tobacco smoke pollution. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at: Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems, 126 E. Baltimore Avenue, Media, PA. For more information, please call (484) 444-0412 or visit www.tobaccofreedelco.com.

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