The Coalition for Tobacco-Free Maui (CTFM) and its many partners will present the Great American Smoke Out on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Maui Mall in Kahului, with entertainment, food and fun for the whole family.
Winners of the "Smoke-Free Cars = Healthy Kids & 'Ohana"art contest for Maui County kids in grades six through eight will receive their awards at the Saturday event.
CTFM has been working with the community to help educate on the dangers of smoking in all motor vehicles with children 17 years of age and younger. The group also wants to remind our community that the intent is to reduce the health hazards of tobacco secondhand smoke to children's developing lungs by protecting them from the high volume of harmful particulates that condense in dangerous levels inside of vehicles.
Join the Great American Smoke Out on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Maui Mall in Kahului.
With the high rates of child asthma in Hawai'i, limiting secondhand smoke exposure, especially for kids, can reduce chances of developing further asthma complications or respiratory infections, lung cancer and heart disease. Not smoking in vehicles can also reduce toxic litter such as cigarette butts and tobacco packaging, and promotes healthier lifestyle choices for Hawai'i's families.
For more information, visit www.tobaccofreehawaii.org/maui.